Science/Math Education M.S.Ed. Online Program

UNK's Science/Math Education Master of Science in Education Degree is designed to help current teachers to become better teachers. Students in our program take Mathematics courses, as well as Education courses and a selection of supporting courses taken from the sciences, including Biology, Chemistry, or Physics/Physical Science. Our program is totally online, and our classes are offered during the summer term. For detailed information about our program of study and information about how to get started, please visit Science/Math Education Master of Science in Education Degree.

If you are currently employed as a teacher in an approved or accredited PK-12 school in Nebraska, you might be eligible for Nebraska's  EETP loan forgiveness program; for details about eligibility and the application process, please visit the EETP page.     

Here are some comments from two recent graduates:

"The UNK Science/Math program has been an excellent opportunity for me to continue growing as a math teacher in both content and pedagogical knowledge. Being able to advance myself as a teacher by taking online courses while working as a full time classroom teacher is an enormous advantage to this program.

Doing my coursework through the UNK graduate program was affordable, challenging, and rewarding. Faculty members in all departments involved with the program did an outstanding job of challenging the students with graduate level content ..."

 Jordan Engle, Mathematics 7-12, Sutton Secondary School, Sutton, NE


"What I enjoyed most about the program was the positive atmosphere of the online learning environment. I felt like the professors treated all of us equally as important and worth their time as their on-campus students.

Students who are looking for an affordable program with a good combination of content and pedagogy classes should definitely consider applying for the UNK Science/Math Education graduate program."

Samantha Staples, Grade 8,  Desoto Middle School, Arcadia, FL 


Course descriptions from recent classes:

Current Research in Mathematics Education

This course is designed to give you an opportunity to read and analyze research in the areas of mathematics teaching and learning. The main goal of this course is for you to become knowledgeable about key theoretical and empirical research literature on mathematics education and how research can be applied to the mathematics classroom. The course is also designed to help you cultivate practices that are important for analyzing, writing and creating arguments from research.

Using Mathematics to Understand Our World

This course is designed around a series of projects in which students examine the mathematics underlying several socially relevant questions, which arise in a variety of academic disciplines (i.e. real-world problems).  Students learn to extract the mathematics out of the problem in order to construct models to describe them. The models are then analyzed using skills developed in this or previous mathematics courses. Specific mathematical content includes exponential growth and decay, logarithmic functions, Newton’s Law of Cooling, simulations, graphing data, and making predictions.  The disciplines to which the mathematics is applied include biology, medicine, natural science, forensics, finance and industry.

Mathematical Analysis for Teachers       

This course is intended to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of concepts from calculus. It starts by forming a foundation in topology to clearly understand limits and continuity of functions. Using this topological foundation we connect the concepts of limits to the definitions of derivatives and integrals. The course culminates in brining limits, derivatives, integrals, and series together in Taylor's theorem. Throughout the class we'll also explore techniques and rules for differentiation and integration and also gain a foundational understanding of exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. The course is teacher focused, and although the main topics will be mathematically focused, there will be ongoing discussion of how to use the ideas gained from the course in your own classrooms.

Geometry for Teachers

This course focuses on Euclidean geometry through an axiomatic approach, with a brief exploration to neutral geometry as well. It also includes a technology component using an interactive computer program (e.g., GeoGebra) to enhance learning in geometry. The goal of this course is to consolidate students' understanding of plane geometry as commonly taught in middle or high school, strengthen their problem solving skills, and improve their proof techniques in geometry.

Graduate Faculty Members

Our Graduate Faculty (Dr. Boeckner, Dr. Huang, Dr. Kime, Dr. Nebesniak, Dr. VanderWerf, Dr. Weiss, and Dr. Willis) are involved in research and publications.

Recent Publications by Graduate Faculty Members

  1. Lubben, J., Boeckner, D. C., Rebarber, R., Townley, S., Tenhumburg, B. (2009). Parameterizing the Growth-Decline Boundary for Uncertain Population Projection Models. Theoretical Population Biology, 75(2-3), 85-97
  2. Huang, J. (2016). Hecke algebras with independent parameters. Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, 43.
  3. Kime, K. A. (2010). Finite Difference Approximation of Quantum Mechanical Wave Packets. Integration: Mathematical Theory and Applications/Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 1(3), 231-252.
  4. Nebesniak, A. L., Burgoa, A. A. (2015). Developing the vertex formula MEAN-ingfully. Mathematics Teacher, 108(6), pp. 429-433.
  5. Weiss, J. J. (2013). Positive Solutions to a Second Order Dynamic Equation. International Journal of Difference Equations.
  6. Willis, B. (2016). Analytic continuation of the  3F2 hypergeometric series. Integral Transforms and Special Functions.