Four courses available online this fall for math teachers

Take a course online this fall through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to earn graduate credit toward a Master of Arts for Teachers degree from the UNL Department of Mathematics or to earn graduate hours for teaching dual credit and community college courses. For teachers whose busy schedules require flexibility in order to make taking graduate courses possible, mathematics courses are offered online by the UNL Department of Mathematics on a regular basis. You can expect an online course held in the fall to cost you about $1,250. At this time, there are no fellowships available.

This fall, the math department is offering three courses:

Math 808T: Concepts of Calculus
Math 811T: Functions for High School Teachers
Math 816T: Math in the City **NEW**

And, the department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education is offering TEAC 836B: Teacher Leadership in Mathematics Education.

***The UNL fall semester begins Monday, August 17, 2020. Please register by August 16.***

Option 1, for middle level teachers:
Math 808T: Concepts of Calculus, section 700
Class Number for Registration: 18205

Develops a fundamental understanding of the key mathematical ideas of calculus in order to broaden teachers’ mathematical perspective and gain insight into concepts contained in the middle-level curriculum, which are related and foundational to the development of calculus. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, applications and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Option 2, for secondary teachers:
Math 811T: Functions for High School Teachers, section 700
Class Number for Registration: 5062

A study of functions in the pre-calculus, high school mathematics curriculum from an advanced viewpoint. Functions will be investigated by examining their utility in more advanced courses and applications, enabling teachers to better understand the important aspects and appropriate emphasis of a concept. Content will include polynomial, circular (trig), and exponential functions, and their connections to calculus.

Option 3, for secondary teachers **NEW**:
Math 816T: Math in the City, section 700
Class Number for Registration: 18206

Math in the City is a course that focuses on modeling and is run in collaboration with local government, businesses, research or administrative centers. This semester will focus on modeling COVID-19 using real data from local health officials. This project-oriented course brings together diverse areas of mathematical content. The course is designed for teachers with secondary certification in mathematics. As needed, some topics such as basic statistical analysis, programming in MATLAB, and an introduction to modeling epidemics will be reviewed as part of the course. Teachers who register for the course should expect to communicate regularly with their project groups; it will be most beneficial if this communication takes place synchronously. The course will culminate in a group presentation and a successful participant will be able to approach other real-life problems that involve mathematics with confidence.

Math 816T will be taught in conjunction with Math 435, the version of Math in the City offered to upper-level STEM majors at UNL.

Option 4, for K-12 teachers:
TEAC 836B: Teacher Leadership in Mathematics Education, section 001
Class Number for Registration: 22246

This course is designed for teachers of mathematics at any level from preschool through graduate school. The course will be 100% online, with optional weekly Zoom discussion hours in the evenings each week. Assignments will be due weekly, on Monday evenings. Teachers will engage in learning opportunities to: (a) review, analyze, discuss, and apply research from diverse perspectives in education, including professional scholarship and practitioner inquiry, in order to reflect on their own practices as they study, observe, and practice in P-20 school and university classrooms; (b) reflect through the production of written essays and analyses of observation and teaching experiences to take advantage of the analytical and problem-solving skills that comprise critical professional reflection on one’s own teaching; (c) further professional goals for life-long learning as educators who will be active in leading colleagues in their schools, districts, and professional organizations; and (d) develop the professional identity of a mathematics teacher leader, equipped to seek and make leadership opportunities to improve equitable mathematics teaching and learning.

Taking courses online allows teachers the flexibility to accommodate their busy schedules. Note, courses are not self-paced, and will have assignments due throughout the semester. The online environment can be very rewarding. Other teachers who have taken online courses had this to say:

* "Great quality of instruction! It was challenging, interesting and informative. I learned a lot in this class."
* "I have learned many new and interesting things in this course throughout the semester. Many of the topics will help me in my current teaching position, while others have helped to deepen my understanding and enhance my perspective in the math field."
* "I was a little worried about taking an online class since there is little direct instruction, but the course was well designed and since we were able to work with groups and attend the office hour, the tasks were very manageable."

If you have taken a course in the past year, use the instructions here for how to enroll in MyRED:

How to apply for the MAT:

You must submit an application to Graduate Studies to be admitted to the MAT program or to take graduate courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Be sure to select the "Mathematics (MAT)" program as your degree objective when applying for admission to the MAT program. You may also choose the Teaching Middle Level Mathematics specialization while you are applying. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.