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Program information and answers to common questions are given on this webpage -- click on the individual question/topic tabs. We also have a short video that introduces our program:
Contact the Program Coordinator, Holly Peterson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (308) 865-8043 with any additional questions.
No. There is no thesis project. Starting fall of 2016, we will incorporate a capstone course into the program. This will give the student an opportunity to apply new content and methodology in his or her own classroom setting.
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.)
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.
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.)
If you are currently living outside of the United States and considering UNK for your graduate coursework, you are not alone. UNK is a leader in international education with a significant international student population.
The basic application process is the same no matter where you’re from whether it is Nebraska or Nepal. However applicants from outside the U.S. do have a few additional requirements. These requirements are to ensure your success at UNK while making your transition to the U.S. as easy as possible.
Here is the admissions process for students who are not U.S. citizens or who have been educated outside of the U.S.
1. Apply online: The application is the same for all students. You can find the application HERE. Students admitted for the first time thru the Graduate Office at UNK or have not taken courses as a graduate-level student within the last two years, are required to pay an application fee.
2. Submit an official credential evaluation of all transcripts or mark sheets from all previously attended colleges and universities outside of the U.S.: This ensures that your degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Any approved NACES evaluation firm may be used for credential evaluations. Approved firms can be found at www.naces.org/members.htm. It is extremely important that your transcript evaluation is done on a COURSE BY COURSE basis and NOT a document by document basis.
3. Submit a completed Financial Affidavit: This will ensure that you have enough money to support yourself while in the U.S. Original Financial Affidavit and official bank documents must be mailed to Graduate Admissions, FDHL 2131 - 2504 9th Avenue, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68845.
4. Submit an official TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl) or IELTS score (unless your home countries native language is English, or you have graduated from a U.S. college or university): This is used to ensure that you are prepared for coursework taught in English. Score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. The minimum TOEFL score accepted is 550 for the paper version and 79 for the internet version. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
5. Comply with departmental admission requirements: Each program may have different admissions requirements. For example, some require GRE scores. These requirements will be found within the online application when you apply. They can also be found with the graduate catalog HERE. The online application allows students to upload required documents except for the Credential Evaluation and official score reports.
6. Students may monitor their application status through their MyBLUE account.
7. Once all the above documentation is received, the student’s application will be forward to the specific department for review. (Departments vary in how often they meet to review applications, so contact the department for more information.) The department will notify the Graduate Office of the admission decision.
8. If admitted, the Graduate office will verify funding requirements have been met, print the admit letter and notify International Education for the issuance of the I-20 or DS-2019. Questions regarding the immigration process should be directed to the UNK International Department
For nearly all questions, the Program Coordinator, Holly Peterson, is your best resource. Contact her at email@example.com or (308) 865-8043. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (308) 865-8520
Application Status -- Contact the UNK Graduate Admissions Office at email@example.com , (308) 865-8500, or (800) 717-7881