Elementary Education, M.S.

Department of Teacher Education, College of Education

Vision Statement

The master’s degree in Elementary Education will:

  • Extend 21st-century teaching skills and technology applications.
  • Enhance the ability to design engaging, authentic instruction for today’s students.
  • Emphasize diversity and culturally responsive teaching.
  • Expand professional connections with educators from Midwestern and metro school districts with diverse perspectives.
  • Encourage engagement with the community.
  • Enable graduate students to make course selections that best fit their individual learning needs in a flexible program.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Wilma Kuhlman

Roskens Hall (RH) 308

402-554-3926

wkuhlman@unomaha.edu

Program Website

http://coe.unomaha.edu/ted/

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: June 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on Written TOEFL
    • 173 on computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or above in education; completion of undergraduate GPA deficiencies
  • International students who do not expect to teach in the U.S. may be eligible for admission. Please contact program chair for more information.
  • International students seeking admission to the graduate program must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79-80 internet based; or a minimum IELTS score of 7
  • Candidates are admitted provisionally until completion and successful evaluation of formal admission materials. Submitted materials are reviewed to determine if the candidate's status will be changed to fully admitted after successful completion of 12 graduate hours.  The formal admission process replaces the admission exam. 

MS-ELED Degree Requirements

MS-ELED Required Courses-(6 hours):

It is strongly recommended that these courses be taken early in the program.

TED 8010Introduction to Research

3 credits

TED 8060Current Issues and Trends in Education

3 credits

OR

TED 8190Contemporary Issues in Urban Education

3 credits

MS-ELED Related Courses (9 hours):

Candidates are to take one course each in three of the four strands. They may choose from the courses listed or select other courses with the approval of their advisor.

Assessment and Instruction Strand

TED 8070Teaching Multiple Intelligence

3 credits

TED 8210The Principles of Multicultural Education

3 credits

TED 8250Assessment for the Classroom Teacher

3 credits

TED 9200Critical Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice

3 credits

SPED 8236Language Development and Disorders for Teachers

3 credits

SPED 8910Assessment in Special Education

3 credits

Any assessment and instruction course or workshop, pending advisor's approval

Early Childhood Education Strand

TED 8246Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education

3 credits

TED 8276Current Trends in Early Childhood Education

3 credits

TED 8220Play as a Learning Medium in Early Childhood Education

3 credits

TED 8260Advanced Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3 credits

TED 8410Improvement of Instruction: Special Topics

3 credits

Any early childhood course or workshop, pending advisor's approval

Literacy Strand

TED 8130Language, Culture, and Power

3 credits

TED 8410Improvement of Instruction: Special Topics

3 credits

TED 8470Teaching the Language Arts

3 credits

TED 8616Teaching of Writing Throughout the Curriculum

3 credits

TED 8650Children's Literature and Education

3 credits

TED 8660Young Adult Literature

3 credits

TED 8800Multicultural Literature for Children and Youth

3 credits

TED 9100Theories, Models, and Practices of Literacy

3 credits

TED 9110Principles and Practices for Teaching Readers

3 credits

TED 9200Critical Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice

3 credits

Any literacy course or workshop, pending advisor's approval

STEM Strand

TED 8410Improvement of Instruction: Special Topics

3 credits

TED 8420Trends and Teaching Strategies in Science Education

3 credits

TED 8510/AVN 8510Aerospace Education Workshop

3 credits

TED 8540Intro to Technology Tools for Learning

3 credits

TED 8570Internet in the Learning Process

3 credits

GEOG 8500Special Topics in Geography

1 - 3 credits

Any science/math course or workshop, pending advisor's approval

MS-ELED Electives (3-6 hours)

Courses to be determined in consultation with program advisor.

MS-ELED Concentrations and Required Courses (12 hours):

Elementary Education, M.S. Concentrations

Each student will include in his/her Plan of Study an area of concentration in a special field which will provide depth in an area of his/her interest. Courses within the concentrations will be decided upon in conference with the student's advisor.  Possible concentrations include: Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, ESL, Improvement of Instruction, Inclusionary Practices, School Library, Literacy, STEM, and Urban Schools.

MS-ELED Exit Requirements:

TED 8700Elementary Education Capstone

3 credits

OR

TED 8990Thesis

1 - 6 credits

The professional project completed in this class will take the place of the comprehensive exam. Registration for the course will be by permission only (for students near the end of their program).

The thesis is completed under the direction of a major advisor and supervisory committee. Thesis hours will be used as electives, and required hours for degree completion is 36 total hours.

All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval of a thesis and final submission of the thesis.

MS-ELED-Other Program-Related Information:

Formal Admission 

Candidates are admitted provisionally until completion and successful evaluation of formal admission materials. Submitted materials are reviewed to determine if the candidate’s status will be changed to fully admitted after successful completion of 12 graduate hours.  The formal admission process replaces the admission exam.

To move from provisional to formally admitted:

  • During the term in which you will complete 12 hours of TED courses -
    • Submit a formal letter of application
    • Complete a degree plan of study with an assigned advisor

Unclassified Students

Students who are not planning to pursue a program leading to a graduate certificate or a master’s degree can be admitted to the MS-Elementary Education program as unclassified students. Candidates holding a previous master’s degree in education who are seeking additional teaching endorsements may wish to choose an unclassified status. Unclassified students are allowed to take courses for which they meet the prerequisite. Successful completion of graduate courses as an unclassified student does not obligate the department to accept those courses for credit toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. Formal advisement in an endorsement area is required. Students admitted as unclassified are not eligible for financial aid.

NOTE: The master’s degree in Elementary Education does not lead to initial teacher certification.