Mathematics, MAT

Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $356.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $628.50

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Master of Arts in Mathematics degree program offers core mathematics courses focused on concepts underlying high school algebra, pre-calculus (functions) and geometry.

Why choose this program?  

  • The Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a national leader in the design and delivery of mathematics courses for teachers. 
  • Learn how to build positive classroom environments that meet the challenges of todays schools.  
  • Take part in a math community that is highly collaborative beyond the classroom.  
  • Coursework aligns with the common core state standards.   

Who should choose this program?  

  • Mathematics teachers who want to strengthen their skills in pedagogy and deepen their knowledge of the mathematics they teach. 
  • Those interested in teaching dual credit courses or at a local community college.  
  • Teachers wishing to obtain an advanced degree that relates to and genuinely benefits their classrooms. 
  • Mathematics teachers wishing to gear up for teaching both content and practice standards in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. 

Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Department of Education, public schools in over forty states have claimed teacher shortages for the 2017-18 academic year in the following subject areas:  

  • Math 
  • Special Education 
  • Science 
  • Foreign Language 
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) 

Math teachers who pursue graduate credentials are considered to be more in demand in the current job market.


Christine Kelley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Christine Kelley's research is in coding theory, applied discrete mathematics and applied algebra-specifically graph-based codes and algorithms, and the design and analysis of such codes using algebraic methods, as well as, applying algebraic and combinatorial methods to coding for flash memory storage. In Spring 2010, Kelley received the University of Nebraska's Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award for "creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities and academic promise.”

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A license/certificate required

    Valid mathematics teaching certificate

  2. A written personal statement

  3. 3 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Resume

  6. A teaching license (if not a teacher in Nebraska).

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

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MATH 804TExperimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning3

Course Number: MATH 804T

Development of problem solving skills through solving unique problems that engage learners in the cycle of experimentation, observation and conjecture, followed by reasoning and proof. Concepts of logical reasoning in the context of geometry, number patterns, infinite sets, probability and statistics.

MATH 805TDiscrete Math for Secondary Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 805T

Concepts of discrete mathematics, as opposed to continuous mathematics, which extend in directions beyond, but related to, topics covered in middle-level curricula. Problems which build upon middle-level mathematics experiences. Logic, mathematical reasoning, induction, recursion, combinatorics, matrices and graph theory.

MATH 805TDiscrete Math for Secondary Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 805T

Concepts of discrete mathematics, as opposed to continuous mathematics, which extend in directions beyond, but related to, topics covered in middle-level curricula. Problems which build upon middle-level mathematics experiences. Logic, mathematical reasoning, induction, recursion, combinatorics, matrices and graph theory.

MATH 806TNumber Theory & Cryptography for Secondary Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 806T

Basic number theory results and the RSA cryptography algorithm. Primes, properties of congruences, divisibility tests, linear Diophantine equations, linear congruences, the Chinese Remainder Theorem, Wilson’s Theorem, Fermat’s Little Theorem, Euler’s Theorem and Euler’s phi-function. Mathematical reasoning and integers’ connections to the middle school curriculum.

MATH 807Capstone Course - Mathematics for Teachers I3

Course Number: MATH 807

Analysis of the connections between mathematics learned as part of teacher preparation and the mathematics of high school algebra and precalculus.

MATH 808Capstone Course - Mathematics for Teachers II3

Course Number: MATH 808

Analysis of the connections between college mathematics and high school algebra and geometry.

MATH 808TConcepts of Calculus3

Course Number: MATH 808T

The processes of differentiation and integration, their applications and the relationship between the two processes. Rates of change, slopes of tangent lines, limits, derivatives, extrema, derivatives of products and quotients, anti-derivatives, areas, integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Connections to concepts in the middle level curriculum.

MATH 809Mathematical Modeling for High School Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 809

This course is designed around a series of projects in which students create mathematical models to examine the mathematics underlying several socially-relevant questions.  Not open to MA or MS students in Mathematics. This course is for students seeking a mathematics major under the Education Option and for students in CEHS who are seeking their secondary mathematics teaching certificate.

MATH 810TAlgebra for Algebra Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 810T

The integers. The Euclidean algorithm, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic' and the integers mod n. Polynomials with coefficients in a field. The division algorithm, the unique factorization theorem and its applications. Polynomials whose coefficients are rational, real or complex. Polynomial interpolation. The habits of mind of a mathematical thinker. The conceptual underpinnings of school algebra.

MATH 811TFunctions for High School Teachers (pre-calculus content)3

Course Number: MATH 811T

Course examines mathematics underlying pre-calculus material through problem solving. Connections to other topics in mathematics, including algebra, geometry and advanced mathematics are highlighted.

MATH 812TGeometry for Geometry Teachers3

Course Number: MATH 812T

Course examines mathematics underlying high school geometry through problem solving. Topics include Spherical, Euclidean and Hyperbolic geometry, introduction to Neutral geometry, Platonic and Archimedean solids and projective geometry.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MATH 807TUsing Math to Understand Our World3

Course Number: MATH 807T

The mathematics underlying several socially-relevant questions from a variety of academic disciplines. Construct mathematical models of the problems and study them using concepts developed from algebra, linear and exponential functions, statistics and probability. Original documentation, such as government data, reports and research papers, in order to provide a sense of the role mathematics plays in society, both past and present.

STAT 812TStatistics for High School Teachers3

Course Number: STAT 812T

Develops and equips high school teachers with the statistical knowledge they need for teaching. Statistics is a key component in the secondary mathematics curriculum and statistics is included in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, as well as the Nebraska State Standards. This course seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the statistical concepts that high school teachers will be expected to convey to their students. The course will also prepare secondary teachers to teach AP Statistics. Prerequisite: A valid secondary mathematics teacher certificate or permission. Not open to MA or MS students in mathematics or statistics.

TEAC 800Inquiry into Teaching and Learning3

Course Number: TEAC 800

Contemporary educational research from multiple theoretical perspectives (available online every fall): One of two introductory survey courses providing the necessary groundwork for further graduate study at the master level. This course has two aims: 1) To become more familiar with basic principles of contemporary educational research which will enable participants to become better consumers of that research, and 2) To begin to understand what this research suggests about educational practice, teaching and teachers.

TEAC 801Curriculum Inquiry3

Course Number: TEAC 801

The relationship between curriculum theory and/or research to educational practices.

TEAC 880ETeaching Mathematics with Technology3

Course Number: TEAC 880E

The focus of this course is on developing skills for using GeoGebra in the teaching and learning of middle and high school mathematics. Topics found in PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses will be emphasized. Geometry properties and theorems, functions, transformations, conics, data analysis and other mathematics topics will be addressed. Participants will develop interactive mathematics applets, map downloaded files to their curriculum and develop an implementation plan of action.

TEAC 892Integrating Geometry Teaching & Learning1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

The course focuses on current research and practices of teaching, learning and assessing geometry from multiple perspectives. Participating teachers will be challenged to understand geometry at a deeper level and become more effective through improved lesson design, reflection and collaboration.

TEAC 892Integrating Mathematics Teaching & Learning (pre-calculus content)1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

This course will focus on the learning and teaching of functions and other key ideas in the ideas in the high school curriculum from algebra to introductory calculus. The goal is to explicitly apply the advanced mathematics learned to the improvement of classroom instruction. The course employs a variety of technologies in a modified Lesson Study design that repeatedly cycles through (1) the learning of a concept, (2) the development of an exemplary classroom lesson about the concept and (3) the improvement of the lesson through reflection.

TEAC 892Teacher Learning about Reasoning & Sensemaking in Secondary Classrooms1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

This course will focus on three main issues: exploring the nature of reasoning-and-proving in secondary mathematics; establishing criteria for judging the validity of mathematical arguments; and developing strategies for modifying current textbook tasks to provide more reasoning opportunities for students. Course materials include math tasks, cases drawn from real secondary mathematics classrooms, related student work and prompts for mathematical and pedagogical discussions and reflections. This is an excellent course to help secondary teachers make immediate improvements to their mathematics classrooms in order to better prepare students for the ACT.

TEAC 892Teaching High School Statistics1-3

Course Number: TEAC 892

The course will focus on current research and practices of teaching, learning and assessing statistics from multiple perspectives. Participating teachers will be challenged to understand statistics at a deeper level and become more effective through improved lesson design, reflection and collaboration.

TEAC 949ATrends and Issues in Mathematics Teaching & Learning1-3

Course Number: TEAC 949A

Critical analysis of literature and research on teaching, learning and schooling.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $356.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $408.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1069.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1226.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $628.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $680.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1885.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2042.25

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