Secondary Education, M.S.

Department of Teacher Education, College of Education

Vision Statement

The Secondary Education Graduate Program is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and is focused on providing our teachers with superior professional development opportunities. Our program offers teachers a custom program of study that allows them to pursue study in both content and pedagogy.

Our program is specifically designed to:

  • Establish a strong tradition of scholarship in teaching and research-based practice
  • Encourage the setting of high professional goals and standards of practice
  • Establish an inclusive learning community, respecting diversity and individual differences
  • Support the use of best practices in the University and P-12 classroom
  • Assist the graduate teacher in becoming a dedicated practitioner, a reflective scholar and a responsible citizen through ongoing access to superior professional development

Program Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca Pasco, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Roskens Hall (RH) 308 J

402-554-2119

rpasco@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 the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the 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
  • International students who do not expect to teach in the US may be eligible for admission. Please contact the program chair for more information.
  • International students seeking admission to this program must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based), 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 9 graduate hours.  The formal admission process replaces the admission exam.

SEDMS Degree Requirements

SEDMS Required Courses (9 hours):

TED 8010Introduction to Research

3 credits

TED 8060Current Issues and Trends in Education

3 credits

OR

TED 8190Contemporary Issues in Urban Education

3 credits

One course in Diversity:

TED 8130Language, Culture, and Power

3 credits

TED 8210The Principles of Multicultural Education

3 credits

TED 8180Culturally Responsive Teaching

3 credits

TED 8800Multicultural Literature for Children and Youth

3 credits

TED 9200Critical Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice

3 credits

SEDMS Concentrations (9-21 hours):

See SEDMS Concentrations

SEDMS Electives (3-18 hours):

Courses to be determined in consultation with program advisor.

SEDMS Exit Requirements:

Comprehensive Examination

OR

TED 8820Capstone in STEM Education

3 credits

OR

TED 8990Thesis

1 - 6 credits

Examinations are taken at or near completion of all coursework required in the approved plan of study. Registration for the exam should be made the semester before graduation.

 

Capstone may only be taken if pursuing areas of concentration in Mathematics, Science or STEM. 

 

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.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:

Thesis Option: 36 hours

Non-thesis Option: 36 hours

SEDMS-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 9 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 at least 9 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 Secondary Education with unclassified status. 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 Secondary Education does not lead to initial teacher certification.