Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education (MA)


Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, MA

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

The program grows educational leaders who can make a difference for the future in multiple educational settings.


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

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 — fostering professional development alongside preparing people for positions of leadership in varied educational settings.

If your objective is teacher certification--initial, renewal, or adding endorsements--select a program from the Teacher Certification sections instead.

Academic Pathways

Dual Degree:

History (MA)


  1. Elementary Teaching
    • On Campus
    Required Courses
    Science Education:
    TEAC 842A Objectives and Methods of Science Teaching: Elementary 3
    Social Studies Education:
    TEAC 822A Principles and Practices in Social Studies Education 3
    Choose one course in Literacy and Language Arts Education:
    TEAC 811 Reading Processes and Practices 3
    TEAC 811C Response to Intervention—Reading 3
    TEAC 815E Emerging Biliteracy 3
    TEAC 854 Multiethnic Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
    Choose one course in Mathematics Education:
    TEAC 808A Improved Instruction in School Mathematics Primary: K-3 3
    TEAC 880E Teaching with Technology: Instructional Technology in Mathematics 3
    TEAC 907 Seminar in Elementary School Mathematics 3
    Total 12
  2. Innovative Learning Technologies
  3. World Language Teaching

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: 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’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.

Additional requirements specific to this program

UNL Undergrads applying for the Accelerated program: See Accelerated Master's Programs for instructions, and in the application form be sure to select only from the "UNL Undergraduates: Accelerated Master's Programs" section.

All other applicants:

  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • TLTE Department Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement: In 700-1000 words, address why you want to pursue graduate study at the Master's level at Nebraska, specifically: 1) your academic and/or professional goals and how the master's degree in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education will enable you to meet them; 2) your academic strengths, with specific attention to your background in higher education and how this qualifies you for graduate study at a major university; 3) any professional experience, knowledge, and skills you possess and how these further qualify you for graduate study at a major university.
  • Three letters of recommendation

A complete background check may be required upon admission to the program. Many institutions today require a criminal history background check before an individual is allowed to work, volunteer, conduct research or collect data within their facility. CEHS students who are required in their program to go into daycare facilities, schools, hospitals, or other community agencies must complete a background check before CEHS can place them in these facilities.

Admission Application Deadlines

February 1 for admission in Summer or Fall. October 1 for Spring.

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves

Support Staff

Joelle Tangen

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