With options at both the secondary and middle level, this program emphasizes mathematical knowledge for teaching by focusing on mathematical concepts with strong connections to the school curriculum.
Awarded by the Department of Mathematics, the Master of Arts for Teachers degree can be completed online, in person on the UNL campus and at other Nebraska locations, or as a combination of both. Since 2005, more than 300 teachers have earned our MAT degree. The program offers one option for secondary mathematics teachers and another for middle-level teachers (grades 5-8), who earn a specialization in the teaching of middle-level mathematics. Emphasis is placed on deepening teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching by focusing on advanced mathematical concepts that underlie or have strong connections to the school curriculum. Most of the courses in the MAT program were developed with funding from the National Science Foundation and by members of the UNL faculty in partnership with master K-12 teachers. As a result, the content is rigorous yet grounded in the realities of high school and middle-level classrooms.
While the program was designed to develop teacher leaders with special strengths in mathematics, our experience indicates that this coursework can provide considerable value to in-service high school teachers wishing to teach dual credit courses or teach at a community college. Note: Teachers who only seek 18 graduate credit hours in mathematics to satisfy a dual-credit requirement for high school teaching should apply as Non-Degree, Post-baccalaureate.
Applicants must have a valid teaching certificate. This degree does not lead to a teaching endorsement.
Teaching of Middle Level Mathematics
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS7.5
- Personal Statement: If you do not have a current teaching license, your personal statement should explain why you want a degree designed for current teachers when you are not currently licensed.
- Teaching License: If you indicate current Nebraska licensure, no upload is needed because the department will verify this with NDE.
- Writing Sample/Research Paper: Optionally, upload up to 2 research papers that have been submitted or published
- Three recommendation letters
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
* Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.
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