Four Master's degrees are available within the Department of Teacher Education, each with selected emphasis areas (see descriptions below). The degrees require the same four core classes covering the areas of research, democracy, diversity, and technology in accordance with the renewed focus of the College of Education. All programs are 36 credit hours; however, additional hours may be needed for state certification in some endorsement areas.
Admission requirements include GPA and either the Graduate Record Examination or a Professional Biography. Some degrees also require references and teacher certification. Contact individual programs within the Department for specifics. For information about assistantships, contact Mary Volker at 308-865-8825.
The Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed to provide educators with an opportunity for gaining knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. In addition, this degree is intended to assist the classroom practitioner in gaining greater expertise in a chosen instructional specialization or endorsement area. Instructional specialization could include, but is not limited to, focus areas such as art, elementary education, English as a Second Language, mathematics, political science, social sciences, and a variety of other topics and endorsements.
The Master of Arts in Education - Reading degree satisfies the academic requirements for professional certification and an additional endorsement in reading. The current endorsement track includes PK-12.
The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education degree offers the three emphasis areas described below: Advanced Practitioner, Gifted Education, and Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
The Master of Science in Education - Instructional Technology prepares graduates for careers in either business or education. In education, instructional technologists are building or district-wide technology resource personnel. They provide or assist with technology-related professional development, strategic planning components, trans-curricular integration of technology, improvement of instruction, coordinating and developing technology-oriented curricula plans, and instructional delivery. Instructional Technologists in the business world focus on designing and developing instruction, job aids, training aids, consulting, and similar training related issues. Instructional Technologists are involved with all instructional aspects of technology and related areas.
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination/project is required of all degree-seeking students prior to graduation. There are three parts: 1) program examination/project, 2) departmental examination, and 3) College of Education survey of Desired Outcomes. Contact your adviser at least one semester in advance of your planned graduation. Additionally, you must apply for graduation in the first few weeks of the semester in which you intend to graduate even if you will not attend.