Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education with optional specialization:
- Elementary Teaching
- World Language Teaching
- MEd in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
- EdD or PhD in Educational Studies with a specialization:
- Internet-based Education
- Teaching, Curriculum and Learning
- Instructional Technology
Online and Distance OpportunitiesOffered online:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Contacts for Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s):
- Master's Applicants: None
- Doctoral Applicants: GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Department application
- Statement of goals
- Writing sample (doctorate only)
- Noyce teacher scholarship essay (NebraskaSCIENCE only)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
- Master's Applicants: March 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring. March 1 for Summer.
- Doctoral Applicants: January 15 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.
- NebraskaSCIENCE Scholarship program: February 1 for Fall.
- Note: MA with specialization in Elementary Teaching: Accepting applications for Summer 2017 only.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education offers master's and doctoral degrees that:
- Engage in and with current educational research.
- Fit individual needs.
- Offer rich opportunities to work with highly qualified faculty members who are actively engaged in cross-disciplinary scholarship focused on schools and communities.
- Challenge in breadth and depth to change and improve education for all.
Unsure of which program fits your needs? Check out decision tree.
For example, a student might work with a professor studying the relationships between teacher content knowledge and pedagogical understandings. Or, one could work with researchers examining the changing needs of Nebraska, the United States, and other parts of the world through multiple lenses such as multiculturalism; transnationalism; educational reform; policy implementation; second language acquisition; reading diagnosis and remediation; literacy, language, and culture; foreign language education; and instructional technologies.
Students will find new ways to view the work of teachers, teaching, learners, and learning. The coursework explores relationships across cultures and schooling, ethics, human well-being, and education for diversity; thus, fostering professional development alongside preparing people for positions of leadership in varied educational settings. The programs grow educational leaders who can "make a difference" for the future in multiple educational settings.
The department offers three full-time, 14-month Master of Arts in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, that includes courses to become a certified teacher in the State of Nebraska. These programs are structured in cohorts and students will proceed together in a collegial community of teacher learners. Some funding is available through the NebraskaSCIENCE Scholarship program.
Some online courses are available.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Science Education; Teacher Knowledge and Practice
Second Language Education; Applied Linguistics
Multicultural Education; Curriculum Studies; Ethnic Identity; Educational Equity Policies
Secondary English Education; Urban Education; Teacher Conceptions
Transnational Movement; School Reform; Policy Implementation
External Funding Sources; Math Education
Science Education; Science Teacher Professional Development
Secondary Mathematics Education; Curriculum; Professional Development
Foreign Language Education; Second Language Acquisition; Distance Education and Technology
Diversity & Multicultural Education; Educational Foundations; Recruitment and Retention of Undergraduate Students from Underrepresented Groups; Management & Team Building, Professional Development; Public & School Programming; Informal Science Learning
Music Education; Assessment and Instructional Strategies
Literacy Education; Children's Literature; Early ChildhoodGraduate Faculty Associate
Multicultural Education; Family Diversity; Racial Integration
Teacher Reasoning in Multilingual Classrooms
Literacy Studies; Ethnography; Qualitative Research Methods; Educational Policy and Social Analysis
NebraskaMATH Research CoordinatorGraduate Faculty Associate
Instructional Technology; Role of Paraprofessionals
Rural Education; Alternative Schools; School Choice; Interdisciplinary Curriculum; Democratic Education
Literacy; Motivation; Arts and Literacy Integration
Educator Development for Teachers of Multilingual Learners; The Actual Policies and Implementation of New Teacher Evaluation Systems
Early Childhood; Language and Literacy; ESL Education