Computer Science Education, MS

Department of Computer Science, College of Information Science & Technology; Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Vision Statement

This degree program is intended for those with a passion for the teaching and learning of computational thinking, computer science, and information technology skills.  By developing both content knowledge and pedagogical skills related to the computing disciplines, this program is ideal for educators looking to empower young people to become the creators of next generation technologies. 

In completing program coursework, certified Nebraska teachers will also meet requirements for the IT supplemental endorsement. Teachers from other states should consult with with their corresponding state officials to consider local credentialing applicability.

Program Contact Information

Brian Dorn, PhD, Graduate Program Chair
174E Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI)
402.554.4905
bdorn@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

Students who hold current Nebraska teaching certification are eligible for the IT Supplemental Endorsement upon successfully completing the 15 hour core courses. 

Grades of 'C' or lower cannot be used when applying for the State of Nebraska IT Supplemental Endorsement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS in Computer Science Education, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to create basic computational artifacts.
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge and skills with computing systems.
  • Explain how computing permeates today's society, including security, privacy, and ethical considerations.
  • Apply appropriate pedagogical content knowledge in the teaching of computing topics.
  • Describe relevant and recent research findings in computer science education including how they might be applied in the classroom.

Admissions

General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria

Program-Specific Requirements

Application Deadlines (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022)

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Other Requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for graduate admission.
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550, Internet-based TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 53, Duolingo: 105
  • Statement of Purpose addressing the following:
    • Describe your academic and professional journey.  Discuss your background personal and professional experiences, and your current educational context.  Be sure to explain your motivation for pursuing this program at this point in your career.
    • In order to advise you on initial coursework, please describe any prior formal or informal training you have completed in computing, computer science, and information technology.  This includes, but is not limited to programming/coding, web design, systems administration, computing networking, databases, and computer applications. 
    • Discuss your post-master's degree plans.  How will the MS in computer science education contribute to your future endeavors related to P-12 students, educators, administrators or other community stakeholders. 
  • Resume: Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • UNO College of Education's Personal and Professional Fitness Form
  • Copy of your current teacher certification (if applicable)
  • International students who do not intend to teach in the United States may be eligible for admission.  
  • Applicants with International Transcripts: Any applicant to this program who has completed undergraduate or graduate coursework at an international higher education institution outside of the United States may submit transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation) in lieu of a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or Educational Perspectives.  This graduate program will conduct an in-house credential evaluation of the transcript(s).
    • UNO reserves the right to require a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE, or Educational Perspectives if the program is unable to complete an evaluation or should there be any questions or concerns about the documentation that is received. The applicant will be notified by the individual program if an external course-by-course evaluation is required.
    • *Note: If admitted, official transcripts and degree certificates (with an English translation)/official course-by-course transcript evaluation, and any applicable official exam scores are required.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses15
TED 8006SPECIAL METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA3
CSTE 8020EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS3
or CSTE 8030 COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES FOR TEACHERS
CSTE 8040OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING FOR TEACHERS3
CSCI 8366FOUNDATIONS OF CYBERSECURITY3
or CYBR 8366 FOUNDATIONS OF CYBERSECURITY
CSCI 8836INTRODUCTION SOFTWARE ENGINEERING3
or CSCI 8256 HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
or CSCI 8266 USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
Required Extension Courses6
CSCI 8010FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE3
TED 8050DATA-DRIVEN DECISION MAKING FOR EDUCATORS3
or TED 8860 INVENTION & INNOVATION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Electives3-6
The following courses are considered standing electives that have already been approved for all students. Students may request a course not listed here be counted as an elective in writing to the GPC. Such requests should be made prior to enrolling in the course.
All graduate courses offered by the College of IS&T not counted elsewhere in the plan of study, including BIOI, CIST, CSCI, CSTE, CYBR, ISQA, and ITIN 8xxx
SEMINAR IN CS EDUCATION: SPECIAL TOPICS
TOPICS IN MATHEMATICAL COMPUTING
TRENDS AND TEACHING STRATEGIES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION
SCHOOL CURRICULUM PLANNING
BIOLOGY EDUCATION RESEARCH METHODS
ENGINEERING EDUCATION EXTERNSHIP
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
TECHNOLOGY FOR CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING
TED 8050 or TED 8860 can also be used as electives if not used as extension coursework.
Exit Requirement3-6
Thesis Option 16
THESIS
Project Option 26
THESIS EQUIVALENT PROJECT IN CS EDUCATION
Capstone 33
CAPSTONE IN CS EDUCATION
Total Credits30