Program information and answers to common questions are given on this webpage. Contact the Program Director, Dr. Christopher Exstrom, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (308) 865-8565 with any additional questions.
A. Professional Components (9 hours required)
B. Academic Components (27 required)
No. There is no thesis project. However, in the near future, we will incorporate a practicum course into the program. This will give the student an opportunity to apply new content and methodology in his or her own classroom setting. However, we anticipate that this practicum course will not be required for students who enter the program before the Fall 2015 semester.
To enter the program you must have a Bachelor’s Degree with a teaching endorsement in Biology, Math, Chemistry, Natural Science, Physics or Physical Science and a standard teaching certificate or license. Applicants with middle-grades teaching endorsements may be admitted into the program depending on their level of undergraduate science/math preparation.
As an institution, UNK has a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average requirement of 2.75 (on a 4.00-point scale). The Science/Math Education Program Committee also evaluates the math, science, and teacher education course experience and grades.
If you do not have a teaching certificate/license but are actively working toward it, we will be happy to consider your application if your undergraduate math, science, and teacher education course background is comparable to those who have earned B.S.Ed. degrees.
There are two links in the left-hand menu that may be helpful:
Click on "Individual Course Information" for a complete listing of all Science/Math Education online courses that have been developed and offered by the Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Physical Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Teacher Education Departments. Where available, sample syllabi are included. (NOTE: Some of these classes may not be offered on a regular basis.)
There are also links to specific semester course offerings, such as "Summer 2014 Course Offerings".
Go to this web page for the latest information:
To qualify for work on this degree, a student must have an endorsement in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics, or Physical Science and meet the general requirements for entrance to graduate studies. Applicants with middle-grades endorsements may be eligible for admission depending on their level of undergraduate science/math preparation. Admission to degree work is contingent upon evaluation of transcripts. Contact the Program Director (Dr. Christopher Exstrom, 308-865-8565, email@example.com) with any questions regarding admission requirements or instructions.
Complete the UNK online application form
This form can be accessed at the link below. There is a one-time $45.00 application fee.
On the Academic Interest page, choose the following:
Select College: College of Natural and Social Sciences
Select Program of Study: Science/Math Education
Select Emphasis/Concentration: choose from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics/Physical Science
Application materials must include a letter of intent. In this letter, describe your current teaching position and discuss how competing the UNK Science/ Math Education M.S.Ed. program will help you meet your educational and professional goals. Summarize your undergraduate science, math, and education training and how it has prepared you for our program. If your current teaching certificate or license is from a state other than Nebraska, include a brief explanation of the certification/licensing requirements in your state. Address the letter to:
Dr. Christopher Exstrom
Professor of Chemistry
University of Nebraska at Kearney
405C Bruner Hall
2401 11th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849-1150
Send one official copy of transcripts from every institution you have previously attended to:
Graduate Admissions Office
University of Nebraska at Kearney
2131 Founders Hall
2504 9th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849
Graduate Admissions Office contact information:
Phone: (308) 865-8500 or (800) 717-7881
Fax: (308) 865-8837
Graduate-level courses completed at other institutions may be transferred into your degree program upon approval by the Program Director on a course-by-course basis. There are two UNK institutional rules that apply to all graduate students and programs:
To request one or more course transfers, do the following:
Guidelines for Course Transfer Approval (see the Degree Program Structure webpage for category descriptions):
Professional Component Category -- The course must be largely equivalent to a UNK course that satisfies the educational curriculum, research, or pedagogy course requirement.
Major Emphasis and Supporting Course Categories -- At least 50% of the course must focus on math or science content. If the course focuses more on pedagogy, it would be more appropriate as an elective course transfer.Electives Category -- Any math, science, or teacher education course (content- or pedagogy-focused) that serves the mission of our program and your teaching needs is eligible for transfer in this category. (NOTE: Courses that focus on school administration will not be acceptable for transfer.)
For nearly all questions, the Program Director, Dr. Christopher Exstrom, is your best resource. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (308) 865-8565. There are a couple of situations where it is better to contact other offices directly:
Financial Aid information -- Contact the UNK Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or (308) 865-8520
Application Status -- Contact the UNK Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org , (308) 865-8500, or (800) 717-7881