Teacher Education

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

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
M.A. with specialization in World Language Teaching: GOLDEN

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Guy Trainin
gtrainin2@unl.edu

Operations Manager
Nancy McConkey
nancy.mcconkey@unl.edu
402-472-7968

Campus Address
118C Henzlik Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0385


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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
  • 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 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.

Description

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 attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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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 EducationGraduate 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 ChildhoodGraduate 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 CoordinatorGraduate 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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