The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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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.
For more information, visit https://www.math.unl.edu/mat-degree.
- Grades 4-12 Mathematics Teacher
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 TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
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