K-3 Mathematics Specialist (Certificate)


K-3 Mathematics Specialist, Cert

On Campus 18 cr

The K-3 Mathematics Specialist Certificate is offered through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics.


This certificate is intended for elementary teachers who are interested in further developing their instructional strategies and mathematics content knowledge to meet the needs of each and every student in their classrooms.

All courses are taught on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, online, or at sites mutually agreed upon by the Departments of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education and Mathematics. 

Required Courses
MATH 800P Number and Operation for K-3 Mathematics Specialists 3
MATH 801P Geometry, Measurement, and Algebraic Thinking for K-3 Mathematics Specialists 3
MATH 802P Number, Geometry and Algebraic Thinking II for K-3 Math Specialists 3
Elective Courses (9 credits)
TEAC 807A Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Identity, Access, & Equity in Mathematics Education 3
TEAC 807B Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice 3
TEAC 807C Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Mathematics Classroom Discourse 3
TEAC 808G Improvement of Instruction in School Mathematics: Manipulatives in Mathematics Education 3
TEAC 808J Improvement of Instruction in School Mathematics Special Topics 3
TEAC 836G Professional Development: Mathematics Education Leadership 3
TEAC 848G Introduction to Curriculum Studies: Mathematics Curriculum Analysis & Design 3
TEAC 849G Studies in Assessment and Leadership for Learning: Assessment in Mathematics Education 3
TEAC 856P Learning Models: Theories and Applications Specific to Mathematics Instruction 3
TEAC 880E Teaching with Technology: Instructional Technology in Mathematics 1-3

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • 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 the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • 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

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Resume

Admission Deadlines

February 1st for summer or fall admission. October 1st for spring admission.

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves

Support Staff

Joelle Tangen

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