Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with an MS in Computer Science Education?
The Master of Science in Computer Science Education degree is designed to give educators the skills and background needed to gain fundamental knowledge about computer science models, concepts and principals. Our degree will help educators develop and employ computational-thinking and problem-solving skill while acquiring evidence-based pedagogical best-practices for computer science instruction. Not only does the degree also help you earn your IT Supplemental Endorsement, but it will also help you qualify to teach dual-enrollment computing courses!
Can I complete this degree online if I do not live in Omaha?
YES! We're excited to welcome students from all over the country who wish to earn a graduate credential in Computer Science Education. Courses in this program are offered for students at a distance using a variety of mechanisms. Some courses are taught in an asynchronous online format, while others are taught live at scheduled times with students outside of Omaha participating using video conferencing tools like Zoom. Synchronous elements of courses are scheduled with full-time teachers in mind, so we hold them in the evenings (CST) or on the weekends.
I already have a master's degree in another field, but need to earn graduate credits in order to teach dual-enrollment courses in information technology. Is this the right program for me?
It could be! If you need to earn graduate credits in computer science but don't need a full master's, the 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate in CS Education could be the right fit for you. However, we encourage teachers considering the various options to contact us so we can talk with you about your unique circumstances.
Does a student have to be a licensed Nebraska teacher to apply for this program?
No. If you’re interested in computing education, please apply! We’re looking for educators of all types, including community college educators and informal educators who work in museums, libraries or day programs. Active classroom teachers from any state are also encouraged to apply; however, the supplemental IT endorsement associated with this these programs is only certified for actively licensed Nebraska teachers. Those from out of state are encouraged to discuss potential transferability options with their state's department of education representatives.
I’m an elementary school teacher, should I apply?
Active teachers from any content area are welcome to apply. While no prior computing background is required, the current coursework is most applicable to those who are or who will be teaching at the 7–12 grade levels. Depending on your objectives, you might also want to consider a Master's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM concentrators may elect to take CSTE courses as part of their studies.
I already have one or more degrees in Computer Science, and I want to become a K-12 teacher.
We recommend you contact advising in the College of Education to discuss transition pathways into a career in teaching.
Note, if you're already a K-12 teacher and have a prior degree in computer science, we're happy to talk with you about how the CS Education program can be customized to help you extend your content knowledge and teaching skills. Just drop our graduate program director an email at email@example.com.
Are there scholarships that are available to Graduate Students?
For more information about scholarships and other funding opportunities for teachers, click here.
How do I add the IT Supplemental Endorsement?
Once you have completed the courses required for the supplemental endorsement, follow the instructions on the College of Education, Health, and human Science's website.
How do I get in touch with the Graduate College?
The Graduate College can be reached at 402.554.2341, or online. They're happy to answer general questions you have about graduate school at UNO or about the application process.
Still have questions after reading the above? Feel free to reach out to the chair of the graduate program committee for this program by contacting Dr. Brian Dorn at firstname.lastname@example.org.