Earn a master's degree with NMSSI courses

Math 804T 2017
Math 804T 2017

Are you considering pursuing a master’s degree? The Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes (NMSSI) through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln allows you to take graduate courses that are only one- or two-weeks long, offer face-to-face instruction and valuable collaboration with your peers, and are specifically designed for teachers. http://scimath.unl.edu/nmssi/2018/

NMSSI courses for middle-level and secondary teachers count toward a Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) from the UNL Department of Mathematics.

We would like to draw your attention to the following courses:

STAT 812T: Statistics for High School Teachers
Dates: June 11-15 (7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Location: Missouri Room, ESU 3 Office, 6949 S. 110th St., La Vista

This course will cover the statistical concepts typically taught in a high school Statistics class. These include: linear regression, two-way tables, sampling distributions, statistical inference for means and proportions, chi-square tests, and inference for regression. Some experience with basic statistical concepts (mean, standard deviation, elementary probability) is necessary. The course will be inquiry-based and will emphasize applications and statistical thinking. Software and calculators will be used for most analyses.

TEAC 892: Teacher Learning about Reasoning & Sense Making in Secondary Mathematics
Dates: June 4-8 and 11-15 (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.) (can be paired with Math 810T in the mornings)
Location: 110 Avery Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s City Campus

This course (Class # 9587, Section # 592) will focus on three main issues: exploring the nature of reasoning-and-proving in secondary mathematics; establishing criteria for judging the validity of mathematical arguments; and developing strategies for modifying current textbook tasks to provide more reasoning opportunities for students. Course materials include math tasks, cases drawn from real secondary mathematics classrooms, related student work, and prompts for mathematical and pedagogical discussions and reflections. This is an excellent course to help secondary teachers make immediate improvements to their mathematics classrooms in order to better prepare students for the ACT.

Math 808T: Concepts of Calculus for Middle Level Teachers
Dates: June 18-22 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location: Community Engagement Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6400 South, University Drive Road North, Omaha, NE 68182 (Parking is available north of the bell tower)

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.

Math 804T: Experimentation, Conjecture and Reasoning (Grades 5-11)
Dates: July 16-20 in Gretna (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location: Gretna District Office, 11717 S 216th St, Gretna, NE 68028

This course focuses on problem solving, reasoning and proof and communicating mathematics. The overall goal for this course is to bring participants to the next level in the development of their mathematical habits of mind: A person who is an effective mathematical thinker has a toolbox of skills and knowledge to experiment, conjecture, reason, and ultimately solve problems. Sound habits of mind are marked by great flexibility of thinking and the strong belief that precise exposition of solutions is important. Possible topics include the Pythagorean Theorem, golden rectangles, Platonic solids, Fibonacci numbers, the Art Gallery Theorem, Symmetry and Shifts, counting, probability and Bayes Theorem.

For all in-person NMSSI courses, current Nebraska teachers automatically qualify for a tuition reduction 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. The NMSSI Fellowship Application is now open. http://go.unl.edu/scimathapply

To enroll in UNL graduate courses, follow the steps outlined on http://scimath.unl.edu/nmssi/2018/. This summer we are offering 25 courses across the state and online to meet your professional development needs. You can take up to six courses as a post-baccalaureate student without applying to a master’s degree program; however, if you know you do want to earn a master’s degree, you should apply for the MAT right away.

The Benefits of the NMSSI:
• Nebraska teachers automatically qualify for a 20 percent discount on in-state tuition at UNL
• Teachers can also apply for an additional tuition fellowship from the NMSSI: http://go.unl.edu/scimathapply
• Each course is worth 3 graduate credit hours at UNL

Contact us at nebraskamath@unl.edu with questions.

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