Online Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Transitional Certification)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $309.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $435.00

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The online Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) with an emphasis in transitional certification program prepares students with best practice knowledge and student teaching experience to transition into classroom teaching.

This unique program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to:

  • Improve classroom teaching by gaining knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum.
  • Gain greater expertise in transitional certification.
  • Advance their professional growth.

More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program.

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education 
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Montessori Early Childhood
  • Montessori - Elementary I
  • Reading/Special Education
  • School Librarian
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Secondary Education
  • Transitional Certification

Career Outlook: Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers effectiveness.


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Education 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 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology OR Technology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 805P or TE 886P

Overview of Assistive Technology (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. Technology Tools for Teachers (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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 813PProfessional Skills & Knowledge I3

Course Number: TE 813P

This is the first course in a sequence comprising a post-baccalaureate pathway to teacher certification. This course focuses on instructional planning and assessment, with special attention to the manner in which these are informed by equity, inclusion, technology and diversity issues. This course requires a subject-specific field experience with instructional application in an approved secondary classroom.

TE 832Professional Skills & Knowledge II6

Course Number: TE 832

This is the second course in a sequence comprising a post-baccalaureate pathway to teacher certification. This course focuses on instructional models, validated instructional practices and issues related to exceptionality and diversity. This course requires a subject-specific field experience in an approved secondary classroom.

TE 833Context of Education6

Course Number: TE 833

This is the third course in a sequence comprising a post-baccalaureate pathway to teacher certification. This course addresses the historical context of education in the U.S., including class/race/gender/access issues; key legal decisions and contemporary reform agendas; adolescent development, relationships and culture in contemporary context. This course requires a school-based field experience in an approved secondary classroom.

TE 834P or TE 835PTransitional Student Teaching I or Transitional Student Teaching II3

Course Number: TE 834P or TE 835P

TE 834P Transitional Student Teaching I: This is the first of two 3-hour student teaching experiences for transitionally certified teachers, which, together with TE 835P: Transitional Student Teaching II, comprise the student teaching requirement for the completion of the professional education sequence in UNK's Teacher Education Program for the alternative pathway to 7-12 teacher certification in Nebraska in selected disciplines. TE 834P and TE 835P students are transitionally certified teachers who work full time in approved PreK-12 schools. TE 835P Transitional Student Teaching II: This is the second of two 3-hour student teaching experiences for transitionally certified teachers which, together with TE 834P: Transitional Student Teaching I, comprise the student teaching requirement for the completion of the professional education sequence in UNK's Teacher Education Program for the alternative pathway to 7-12 teacher certification in Nebraska in selected disciplines. TE 834P and TE 835P students are transitionally certified teachers who work full time in approved PreK-12 schools. Prerequisite: TE 833 and TE 834P and admission to student teaching

TE 836PPost-Baccalaureate Student Teaching6

Course Number: TE 836P

Student teaching is the capstone experience in the teacher education process and is the culminating course for all endorsement programs. During student teaching, teacher education students spend a minimum of 16 weeks in an approved PreK-12 school to observe, participate and teach under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $487.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1461.75

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  • Quality learning experience

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  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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