Computer Science & Information Technology

Computer Science

The Computer Science programs prepare students make useful, meaningful contributions to the world. Students work collaboratively as they creatively design, develop, and implement software solutions, such as mobile apps, games and robotics solutions. We combine hand-on experimentation with theory to provide a strong foundation to prepare students for successful careers.

Inflatable Defense and Tilt Snake are two mobile apps available on Google Play that CSIT students developed, and Puzzle Realms: A Cursed World is an Windows, Mac, and iOS game developed by a CSIT student.

The CS degree programs are based on the ACM CS curriculum guideline. Graduates in computer science interact with people from all organizational functions in designing and implementing computer-based solutions to problems.

Comprehensive Computer Science Major: 64 hours

Applied Computer Science Major: 36 hours

Computer Science Minor: 25 hours

Information Technology

The Information Technology program is designed for people who want a career in a variety of IT-related areas, such as system administration, computer security, web development, systems analysis, user support, database development, and more. It is concerned with helping users meet their IT needs within an organizational through the planning, selection, creation, application, integration and management of computing technologies. IT professionals can be found working in all types of organizations, including large corporations, hospitals, educational units and government agencies, small and medium sized companies, or alone as freelancers.

Information Technology Major: 36 credit hours

Information Technology Minor: 25 hours

Masters of Education - Information Technology

Offered by the Department of Teacher Education in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

IT Teaching

  • Graduates provide and assist with education technology-related professional development; strategic planning components; coordinating and developing technology- oriented curricular plans; improvement of instruction; trans-curricular integration of technology; and instruction delivery.
  • Graduates manage and use I.T. resources in their classrooms, buildings, districts, or workplaces.
  • Graduates are involved with all instructional aspects of technology and related areas.
  • Graduates in the business world focus on designing and developing instruction, job aids, training aids, consulting, and similar training related issues.

View a Kearney Hub Newspaper article about this program

Excerpts from the article:

     Deb Williss of suburban Omaha sat down in her La-Z-Boy, opened her laptop and went to class.“I can learn at my own pace, and the instructor is engaging. I like to learn this way,” she said.
     Students learn how to teach computer skills and how to use computational thinking skills along with critical thinking, when and how to use technology, and a little bit of programming with a language called Scratch.
     “They are learning to teach computers to kids,” said Harms, who is chair and professor of computer science and information at UNK. “I believe that teaching the teachers is the best place to start to educate our young people about the technology skills needed for their future careers.”
     UNK’s College of Education online graduate programs have earned Honor Roll recognition in the former U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings.

MSE in Instructional Technology = 36 hours
  1. Department Core Courses (12 hours required)
    • Research Course (3 hours)
      • TE 800, Educational Research – 3 hours
    • Democracy (3 hours)
      • TE 868, Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics – 3 hours
    • Diversity (3 hours)
      • TE 810 , Design and Development of Instruction – 3 hours
    • Technology (3 hours)
      • TE 886P, Technology Tools for Teachers – 3 hours
  2. Instructional Technology Core Classes (9 hours required)
    • Take:
      • TE 870, Developing Web-based Portfolios – 3 hours
    • Take 1 course from:
      • TE 877, Developing Web-based Educational Environments – 3 hours
      • CSIT 840P, Client-side Web Application Development – 3 hours
    • Take:
      • TE 891, Field Experiences in Instructional Technology – 3 hours
  3. Information Technology Concentration (15 hours)
    • Take all of the following:
      • CSIT 825P, Database Systems – 3 hours
      • CSIT 834P, Information Technology Teaching Methods – 3 hours
      • CSIT 848P, System Administration – 3 hours
      • CSIT 858P, Computer Security – 3 hours
      • Approved Electives – 3 hours

** Information Technology students must take TE 810, Design and Development of Instruction; TE 868, Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics; TE 886P, Technology Tools for Teachers; and TE 891, Field Experiences in Instructional Technology as part of the Core requirements above. Information Technology students may take either TE 877, Developing Web-based Educational Environments or CSIT 840P, Client-side Web Application Development.

Electives in Teacher Education

  • TE 805P, Overview of Assistive Technology – 3 hours
  • TE 810, Design and Development of Instruction – 3 hours
  • TE 868, Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics – 3 hours
  • TE 869, Introduction to School Library Program – 3 hours
  • TE 870, Developing Web-based Portfolios – 3 hours
  • TE 871, Collection Development and Management – 3 hours
  • TE 872, Organization of School Library and Technology Resources – 3 hours
  • TE 873, Reference Services and Resources – 3 hours
  • TE 874, Production of Instructional Resources – 3 hours
  • TE 875, Administration of the School Library – 3 hours
  • TE 876, Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources – 3 hours
  • TE 877, Developing Web-based Educational Environments – 3 hours
  • TE 878, Leadership in Instructional Technology – 3 hours
  • TE 879, Seminar in Instructional Technology – 3 hours
  • TE 880, Management of Educational Technology – 3 hours
  • TE 881, Distance Education – 3 hours
  • TE 882, Teacher Development Training in Instructional Technology – 3 hours
  • TE 883, Classroom Desktop Publishing – 3 hours
  • TE 884, Educational Telecommunications – 3 hours
  • TE 885, Instructional Video Production – 3 hours
  • TE 886P, Technology Tools for Teachers – 3 hours
  • TE 887, Electronic Media Production – 3 hours
  • TE 888, Multimedia Production – 3 hours
  • TE 889, Multimedia Development – 3 hours
  • TE 890, Administration of School Computer Networks – 3 hours
  • TE 891, Field Experiences in Instructional Technology – 3 hours
  • TE 892, Internship in Instructional Technology – 1-6 hours
  • TE 893, Field Experiences in School Library – 3 hours
  • CSIT 825P, Database Systems – 3 hours (Prereq: CSIT 130 or CSIT 834P or instructor permission; graduate standing)
  • CSIT 834P, Information Technology Teaching Methods – 3 hours
  • CSIT 840P, Client-side Web Application Development – 3 hours (Prereq: CSIT 130 or CSIT 834P or instructor permission; graduate standing)
  • CSIT 848P, System Administration – 3 hours
  • CSIT 850P, E-Commerce Information Systems – 3 hours
  • CSIT 858P, Computer Security – 3 hours (Prereq: CSIT 848P or instructor permission)
  • CSIT 892P, Practicum in Computer Science/Information Systems – 1-6 hours (Prereq: CSIT 223 or CSIT 301; permission of department chair; graduate standing)
  • CSIT 893P, Directed Readings in Computer Science/Information Systems – 1-3 hours (Prereq: CSIT 150 or CSIT 834P; permission of department chair; graduate standing)
  • CSIT 894P, Directed Research in Computer Science/Information Systems – 1-6 hours (Prereq: CSIT 150 or CSIT 834P; permission of department chair; graduate standing)
  • CSIT 895P, Independent Study in Computer Science/Information Systems – 1-3 hours (Prereq: CSIT 150 or CSIT 834P; permission of department chair; graduate standing)
  • Electives may also be taken in ART, CDIS, CSIT, ENG, JMC, and MIS with permission.

In lieu of a comprehensive examination an electronic portfolio will be submitted and evaluated. See Teacher Education Program Information and Admission Requirements for more information about the program.

Program Contact: Mary Volker
Department: Teacher Education
Email: volkermc@unk.edu
Phone:  308-865-8825      
Address:
College of Education, B116,
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849

For more information see http://aaunk.unk.edu/gradcatalogs/current/ed/mseit.asp