Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT Degree)
Effective in Fall 2021, the MAT degree can be completed in 30 credit hours. Awarded by the Department of Mathematics, courses in the MAT degree can be taken entirely online, in person on the UNL campus or other Nebraska locations, or as a combination of both. Since 2005, more than 300 teachers have earned the MAT degree. The program is uniquely designed for secondary and middle-level mathematics teachers and aims to deepen teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching by focusing on advanced mathematical concepts that underlie or have strong connections to the school curriculum. Most of the courses in the MAT program were developed with NSF funding by members of the UNL faculty in partnership with master K-12 teachers. As a result, the content is rigorous yet grounded in the realities of K-12 classrooms.
This degree can provide considerable value to high school teachers wishing to teach dual credit courses or teach at a community college or for teachers wishing to obtain an advanced degree that relates to and genuinely benefits their classrooms. To apply, you must have a valid teaching certificate, write a personal statement, provide three letters of recommendation, order official transcripts from all previous collegiate schools, and a resume. Applications are submitted to Graduate Studies via CollegeNet. For application instructions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
"I decided to pursue my degree online because I was looking for a university that provided me with an opportunity to extend my math understanding and make me a better math teacher. As a full-time teacher, wife and mother, I needed a program that I could complete at my own pace," said Amber Clausen, a teacher in Grand Island, Nebraska. "The program has encouraged me to help my students by showing them that there is not always one right way to get an answer and there is more to math besides formulas and repetitive steps. This program has given me a stronger background knowledge in math which allowed me to provide better instruction to my students."
Summer 2021: Learn in Place
For Summer 2021, graduate courses for elementary, middle-level and secondary teachers of mathematics, offered through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes, will be delivered online via remote learning. All of our courses emphasize mathematical knowledge for teaching. Just as much of the nation is expected to shelter in place, we want to encourage teachers to “learn in place”. NMSSI courses will be offered utilizing several instructional models that will support teachers in different ways. Some will be traditional online courses (i.e., asynchronous) offered over a four- or five-week summer session. Others will use a synchronous approach, with most or all instruction concentrated during a two-week period.
If you are not sure you are ready to apply for the master's degree program, you can apply as a non-degree-seeking post-baccalaureate student instead. You can take five courses at that status, and then apply later to the MAT degree. To apply as a post-bac, once you create an account and reach the Program Selection step in CollegeNet, type "post" and select the "Post-Baccalaureate (Non-Degree)" program as your degree objective. For term, select “Fall 2021”. Transcripts that you upload on your own are considered “unofficial” but sufficient for the application review.