Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM))

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $302.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $425.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Curriculum and Instruction: K-12 online master's program with concentration  in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) allows teachers to integrate a STEM-focus into the development and assessment of curricula for their classrooms, schools or districts. 

The program does not lead to certification and students pursuing certification in other states should check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. 

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Martonia Gaskill's teaching and research interests revolve around teacher education, technology integration, online learning and collaboration in online environments, mobile learning and digital cheating. She currently serves as the director of the Curriculum & Instruction master's program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and in different university and state-level committees related to improving education through technology and mobile learning. Gaskill teaches online graduate courses in general education and instructional technology.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in education

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

  5. A license/certificate required. Standard teaching certificate.

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions 
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Spring Semester
October 15
Fall Semester
June 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

In addition to the core courses, students take courses to fulfill the following requirements: 


Take 3 hours from the following courses: 

  • TE 820 Teacher Leadership
  • TE 878 Leadership in Instructional Technology

Take 3 hours from the following courses: 

  • TE 853F Improvement of Instruction in Mathematics for Grades PK-3
  • TE 853G Improvement of Mathematics Instruction for Grades 4-8

Take 6 hours from the following courses: 

  • TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
  • TE 853A Improvement of Instruction in Early Childhood Education
  • TE 866   Motivating the 21st Century Learner
  • TE 876  Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources
  • TE 879  Seminar in Instructional Technology
  • TESE 826 Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Educational Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.

TE 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3

Course Number: TE 804

Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies. In addition, students study diverse learning and teaching styles as well as explore the meaning and the reality of creating an environment that is conducive to and supportive of infused multicultural education.

TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3

Course Number: TE 805P

This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Students take this course or TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology.

TE 816GPracticum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum3

Course Number: TE 816G

This course focuses on the application of the knowledge and skills in the student's Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program and Concentration Area. The course includes the development of an instructional project involving the collection and analysis of P-12 student learning data and also includes supervised teaching.

TE 828Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classrooom3

Course Number: TE 828

The Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classroom course is designed to help graduate students develop their knowledge and ability to teach using STEM practices at the elementary or middle school level. The course will emphasize the rationale and techniques used to develop and implement STEM practices in grades K-8. Assignments will involve review of literature, evaluation of curricula, development of teaching activities and involvement in educational technology and its application to teaching and learning. Prerequisite: TE 853D or TE 853F or TE 853G Recommended (one technology course) TE 886 or TE 866 or TE 878.

TE 848Assessment & Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics3

Course Number: TE 848

This class will emphasize diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. Error patterns are based on incorrectly-learned mathematical concepts. The corrective procedures for developing or redeveloping those basic mathematical concepts and development of remediation materials will be taught.

TE 853DImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Science3

Course Number: TE 853D

An examination of current literature and practices is made relative to science content, methods and materials in elementary school science.

TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 886P

This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources, and curricula for integrating technology. Students take this course or TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 815PThe Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction3

Course Number: TE 815P

This course is designed to provide participants with research and experience based information, strategies, techniques and hands-on activities they can use to improve and enrich the quality of their teaching and to increase the probability of learning and success of their students.

TE 820Techer Leadership3

Course Number: TE 820

Effective leaders are needed in our communities, businesses, and schools, as well as in our government agencies and our social institutions if our democratic society is to meet the economic and social challenges generated from a constantly changing world. As schools continue to change and evolve to address a variety of learning, human, and community needs teachers have become instrumental in leading and managing changes in their classrooms, in their schools, and in their communities; consequently, the demands associated with teacher leadership will continue to change as well. Accordingly, the preparation of teacher leaders should focus on the development of a broadly applicable base of knowledge and skills for those serving in a variety of roles. This class is designed to assist graduate students in developing the knowledge and skills that will enable them to provide the teacher leadership our classrooms, our schools, and our communities need and deserve.

TE 853AImprovement of Insturction in Early Childhood Education3

Course Number: TE 853A

This course is designed to present the most recent research literature and teaching strategies as they relate to the curriculum content advocated for young children, with and without exceptionalities, including those from low-income families or who are linguistically or culturally diverse. Students will learn to evaluate curriculum, and to design, adapt, and implement quality instruction for young children with diverse educational needs.

TE 853FImprovement of Insturction in Mathematics for Grades PK-33

Course Number: TE 853F

This course will focus on improving classroom instruction beginning in the primary grades up to grade 3 as advocated by the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Students will be provided with the opportunity to become familiar with many of the resources available to mathematics teachers as they broaden their understanding of developmentally appropriate learning experiences for your students (which utilize the latest research-based teaching and assessment methods). Students will also examine and revise their personal philosophy of teaching mathematics in a classroom in this supportive, interactive and collaborative course.

TE 853GImprovement of Mathematics Instruction for Grades 4/83

Course Number: TE 853G

This course will focus on improving classroom instruction in the Intermediate and Middle School grades (4th-8th) as advocated by the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Students will be provided with the opportunity to become familiar with many of the resources available to intermediate and middle school mathematics teachers as they broaden their understanding of developmentally appropriate learning experiences for their students (which utilize the latest research-based teaching and assessment methods). Students will also examine and revise their personal philosophy of teaching mathematics in a Intermediate classroom in this supportive, interactive and collaborative course.

TE 866Motivating the 21st Century Learner3

Course Number: TE 866

This course focuses on exploring research-based principles for motivating PK-12 students with the aim of fostering in them a disposition of lifelong learning. Topics include: strategies for fostering intrinsic motivation, using technology to stimulate learning, strategies for motivating the reluctant learner, and maintaining your own motivation as an educator. The course emphasis is on the practical application of strategies customized to the graduate student¿s own field of educational interest.

TE 876Integration of Curriculum, Technology & Media Resoruces3

Course Number: TE 876

This course will focus on the practical application of theories of instruction and technology integration; models of teaching; curriculum design; research paradigms; and, studies and findings related to curriculum integration of technology in teaching effectiveness for P-16 educators.

TE 878Leadership in Insturctional Technology3

Course Number: TE 878

The Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classroom course is designed to help graduate students develop their knowledge and ability to teach using STEM practices at the elementary or middle school level. The course will emphasize the rationale and techniques used to develop and implement STEM practices in grades K-8. Assignments will involve review of literature, evaluation of curricula, development of teaching activities and involvement in educational technology and its application to teaching and learning. Prerequisite: TE 853D or TE 853F or TE 853G Recommended (one technology course) TE 886 or TE 866 or TE 878.

TE 879Seminar in Instructional Technology3

Course Number: TE 879

This is a variable content course which focuses on advanced topics in instructional technology. Students will critically analyze issues and problems in the discipline. Empirically testable research questions related to the topics will be identified. This course may be repeated, but only six hours may count towards a degree.

TESE 826Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education3

Course Number: TESE 826

This course has been designed to present content methods and teaching strategies to promote inclusion of English Language Learners (ELLs) in regular K-12 classrooms. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and the school assessments which include English Language Learners, mainstream and ESL teachers face increasingly demanding accountability standards. In most cases, ELLs are tested on content areas after one year in school. In other words, ELLs can no longer be treated as invisible students. The issue of access to knowledge, one of the bedrocks in the renewed teacher education program at UNK, critical for schools facing these accountability standards. This course will also focus on the twin goals of helping ELLs learn social (BICS) and academic (CALPS) English while providing content instruction. These are daunting tasks and as any ESL teacher will tell you, these goals are not always achieved because of the many compromises forced upon students and teachers by an educational system that has traditionally not had to deal with linguistic diversity.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $302.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $354.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $906.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1062.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $425.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $477.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1275.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1431.75

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