STEM Education Program

College of Arts and Sciences

Janet Steele, Ph.D., STEM Program Director and Graduate Program Committee Chair - (308) 865-8325, steelej@unk.edu

Master of Science in Education

Graduate Program Committee

Exstrom (Chair), Freeman, Gaskill (COE), Moser, Nebesniak, Trantham


Science and Math Education (STEM)

STEM 888 – STEM Education Capstone     3 credit hours

This course is designed to culminate the student's experience in the STEM Education program. Students will complete the comprehensive exam and a capstone project that integrates educational research, curriculum design, science/math content application, and assessment. Based on a literature evaluation of a specific concept or problem in science/math teaching, the student will develop a new curricular unit, or redesign an existing one, to be implemented in a high school or middle school science/math course that the student is teaching that semester. This unit must apply science/math content from their degree program courses and the student must assess the impact of the new/revised unit on student learning.
Prerequisite: Admission into STEM Education Program Recommended completion of TE 800 and at least 24 hrs of STEM Education degree program including 6 or more hours in Major Emphasis category.

 Biology (BIOL) - Major Emphasis Courses, Supporting Coursework, and Electives

Visit Biology Department Courses page (https://catalog.unk.edu/graduate/departments/biology/#coursestext) to view course offerings. Most courses can apply toward the program except for BIOL 820, BIOL 821 and BIOL 831A-F

Chemistry (CHEM)- Major Emphasis Courses, Supporting Coursework, and Electives

CHEM 805Chemical Management & Safety1
CHEM 810Principles of Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 820Principles of Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 822Transition Metal Chemistry2
CHEM 823Fundamentals of Nanoscience1
CHEM 840Advanced Principles of Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 855Principles of Biochemistry3
CHEM 864Principles of Analytical Chemistry2
CHEM 866Analytical Instrumentation1
CHEM 883Chemical Kinetics2
CHEM 899Special Topics1-3

Math (MATH) - Major Emphasis Courses, Supporting Coursework, Electives

MATH 862Mathematical Analysis for Teachers3
MATH 864Geometry for Teachers3
MATH 871Topics in Math3
Topics in Math: Current Research in Math Education; Discrete Math for Teachers; Modern Algebra with Geometry; Modern Algebra with Geometry; Using Mathematics to Understand our World; Algebraic Geometry; Mathematical Knowledge for Teachers

Physics/Physical Science (PHYS) - Major Emphasis Courses, Supporting Coursework, Electives 

PHYS 800Advanced Physical Science3
PHYS 801Earth Science3
PHYS 809Meteorology3
PHYS 810Mathematical Techniques in the Physical Sciences4
PHYS 811Astronomy for High School Teachers3
PHYS 813Intro to A&D Electronics4
PHYS 872PScience Curricula3
Professional Component: Curriculum Course

Teacher Education (TE)- Professional Components, and Electives

CURRICULUM COURSE
TE 809PCurriculum Implementation3
RESEARCH COURSE
TE 800Education Research3
PEDAGOGY COURSE
TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3
OR
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
ELECTIVE HOURS ONLY
TE 803Philosophy of Education3
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
TE 808PHuman Relations1
TE 810Design and Development of Instruction3
TE 815PThe Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction3
TE 845Contemporary Theory & Practice in Reading3
TE 854Reading in the Content Areas3
TE 868Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics3
TE 877Developing Web-Based Educational Environments3