NMSSI offers graduate courses designed for teachers

NMSSI 2013, Math 804T in Grand Island
NMSSI 2013, Math 804T in Grand Island

What will you learn in Summer 2014 that will enhance your ability as a mathematics teacher?

Summer has always been a time when highly motivated teachers continue their graduate education so that they return to their school in the fall eager to transfer knowledge gained into their own teaching. What's new in recent years is the development of mathematics and pedagogy courses that emphasize mathematical knowledge for teaching delivered in a teacher friendly format. This is the mission of the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes.

The complete course catalog for the 2014 Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes (NMSSI) is now available on our NMSSI website and in UNL's MyRED registration system. This year we are offering 28 courses for K-12 math teachers. Courses will be offered in 11 locations across the state. Check us out and tell your colleagues to join you in taking an NMSSI course.

Summer registration opens Monday, March 17. If you have taken NMSSI courses before, go to MyRED to complete the registration process. If you first need to apply to UNL's Graduate Studies, contact Teach Nebraska at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/teachneb.

For all on-site NMSSI courses, current Nebraska teachers automatically qualify for a tuition fellowship from UNL equal to 20 percent of in-state, graduate tuition. Additionally, Nebraska K-12 teachers can apply for supplemental NMSSI Fellowships to further defray tuition costs for NMSSI courses. See our NMSSI website for details.

In addition to courses offered on the UNL campus in Lincoln, we are partnering with 10 Educational Service Units and local school districts to offer courses for mathematics teachers in these Nebraska locations: Ainsworth, Columbus, Beatrice, Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Kearney, North Platte and Omaha. University faculty and master teachers drawn from K-12 teacher ranks will serve as course instructors.

To broaden our ability to serve teachers, two math classes for teachers will be offered online in Summer 2014. Information about these courses is available on the NMSSI website. Please note that our agreement with the university does not permit us to extend the 20 percent tuition reduction to online courses.

The availability of NMSSI courses has led to an increase in the number of math teachers who earn a master’s degree. To learn more about opportunities to earn a master’s degree that emphasizes learning math for teaching, visit http://scimath.unl.edu/csmce/mastersdegreeinfo.php.

Math teachers interested in pursuing a master’s degree now have the option of pursuing a fully online Mathematics Master's program (http://online.unl.edu/programs-and-courses/graduate-doctorate-programs/master-of-arts-teachers.aspx). This option gives teachers a new flexibility to accomplish their education goals. The online MAT program is designed to help teachers strengthen their skills in pedagogy and deepen their knowledge of the mathematics they teach.

Check out the NMSSI website at http://scimath.unl.edu/nmssi for updates on course offerings, information about registration, and information about fellowship applications.