Teacher Education

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A. in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
  • M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
  • Ed.D. in Educational Studies
  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

M.A. Specializations
  • Elementary Teaching
  • World Language Teaching: GOLDEN
Doctoral Specializations
  • Instructional Technology
  • Internet-Based Education
  • Teaching, Curriculum and Learning

Distance Education Opportunities

M.A. with specialization in World Language Teaching: GOLDEN
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Contacts for Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

Graduate Chair

Dr. Guy Trainin


Operations Manager

Nancy McConkey



Campus Address

118C Henzlik Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0385

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental 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
  • Resume
  • 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 ApplicantsFall: March 1 Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1
Doctoral ApplicantsFall: January 15 Spring: October 1
NebraskaSCIENCE Scholarship programFall: February 1
NoteMA with specialization in Elementary Teaching: Accepting applications for Summer 2017 only.


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.

Courses and More

Students in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Krista Adams
Science Education; Teacher Knowledge and Practice
Theresa Catalano
Second Language Education; Applied Linguistics
Elaine Chan
Multicultural Education; Curriculum Studies; Ethnic Identity; Educational Equity Policies
Lauren Gatti
Secondary English Education; Urban Education; Teacher Conceptions
Edmund Hamann
Transnational Movement; School Reform; Policy Implementation
Ruth Heaton
External Funding Sources; Math Education
Karl Hostetler
Educational Foundations; Philosophy; Ethics
Elizabeth Lewis
Science Education; Science Teacher Professional Development
William Lopez
Social Studies Education
Graduate Faculty Associate
Lorraine Males
Secondary Mathematics Education; Curriculum; Professional Development
Aleidine Moeller
Foreign Language Education; Second Language Acquisition; Distance Education and Technology
Glenn Nierman
Music Education; Assessment and Instructional Strategies
Jon Pedersen
Science, Technology, and Societal Issues; Social Issues in Science; Visual Images as Data; Inquiry-Based Science
Kathy Phillips
Literacy Education; Children's Literature; Early Childhood
Graduate Faculty Associate
John Raible
Multicultural Education; Family Diversity; Racial Integration
Jenelle Reeves
Teacher Reasoning in Multilingual Classrooms
Loukia Sarroub
Literacy Studies; Ethnography; Qualitative Research Methods; Educational Policy and Social Analysis
Wendy Smith
NebraskaMATH Research Coordinator
Graduate Faculty Associate
Allen Steckelberg
Instructional Technology; Role of Paraprofessionals
Stephen Swidler
Rural Education; Alternative Schools; School Choice; Interdisciplinary Curriculum; Democratic Education
Guy Trainin
Literacy; Motivation; Arts and Literacy Integration
Stephanie Wessels
Early Childhood; Language and Literacy; ESL Education

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