Superintendent Approved Courses

* All Approved Courses at University of Nebraska - Omaha

MPS staff members who are currently at the BA+36, MA+36, Specialist, or Doctorate level can receive approval for salary advancement by completing a course specifically approved by the Superintendent. These classes are part of the “approved” classes per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Millard Public Schools and the Millard Education Association.

Please note: Any MPS staff member may enroll whether they are at BA+36, MA+36, Specialist or Doctorate level.

These courses have been pre-approved; however, you still need to complete a pre-approval form located on the MPS Human Resources website. Questions may be directed to Mr. Mitch Mollring, Director of Personnel 402-715-8200 or

For questions regarding the classes, contact MPS Director of Staff Development & Instructional Improvement, Dr. Todd Tripple

at (402-715-8418 or

Registration Questions?

For current UNO graduate students, go to mavlink to enroll.

If you have not taken a UNO graduate class within the last 4 years:

1) Apply for admission to graduate studies online at MPS staff may apply as a non-degree seeking student if they want to take a class without being admitted to a degree program (transcripts aren’t needed).

Questions? - Contact the UNO Office of Graduate Studies at

2) Pay the application fee;

3) 48 hours after submitting your online application, sign in to mavlink to view student messages and to enroll.

Updated for 2018-2019

Culturally Responsive Teaching (UNO Course) - SPRING TED 8180

Instructor: Ferial Pearson

Location Site: UNO Campus, Roskens Hall

Credit Hours: 3

Hybrid Delivery- Class meets once a month

Wondering how to build significant relationships with your students, focus student learning on academic content and encourage critical thinking skills all at the same time? Welcome to Culturally Responsive Teaching! In this graduate course, we focus on the instructional and classroom management knowledge and skills needed to teach students in today’s diverse classrooms. What does this look like in the classroom and what impact do culturally relevant approaches have on student learning? Join us for the partially online course to learn more about teaching other people’s children.

Data-Driven Decision Making for Educators (UNO Course) - SUMMER/FALL/SPRING TED 8050

Instructor: Varies by Semester

Location Site: UNO Campus, Roskens Hall

Credit Hours: 3

Hybrid Delivery- Class meets once a month

With so much information at our fingertips, how do we decide what is and isn’t meaningful and how we can use the appropriate information to inform our instruction? Come join us for the partially online course for hands-on experience in creating and interpreting reliable assessments. Experience models that can be integrated into student lessons to not only teach more effectively with data-driven decisions, but to also be able to teach students about data-driven decision making. This course uses analysis strategies with technologies such as cloud computing, tablet computers and smartphones to help educators find the “educational story” represented by a set of carefully collected data points.

Inventions and Innovations in Engineering Education (UNO Course)- SPRING TED 8860

Instructor: Derrick Nero

Location Site: UNO Campus, Roskens Hall

Credit Hours: 3

Hybrid Delivery- Class meets once a month

This course is taught by a former engineer and middle school educator who is passionate about improving Engineering Education teaching and learning by providing teachers with knowledge and skills in emerging trends in STEM education. P-12 teachers will receive applicable, hands-on, classroom-ready experiences through lecture, professional instruction, and projects related to product manufacturing that use the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process will be central to the teachers’ experiences and will be used to develop curriculum utilizing emerging trends to supplement current course content. Join us to learn how you can use these experiences to introduce your students to engineering!

School Curriculum Planning in STEM Education: Best Practices in Elementary Mathematics TED 8430

Instructors: Matthew Scott (MPS) and Kelly Gomez Johnson (UNO)

Location Site: RWSSC - 13737 Industrial Road, Omaha, NE 68137

Credit Hours: 3

Four (4), in-person course meetings from 8:30am to 12:30pm (click here for additional information)

This 3-credit hour, blended graduate course is designed to provide advanced degree candidates with an understanding of the theory, principles, and practices in mathematics utilized in Millard Public Schools K-5 classrooms. Particularly, this course will focus on the principles and practices of effective elementary mathematics curriculum planning and the teacher’s role in the development and implementation of reform mathematics curriculum. This course is designed for K-5 Millard Public Schools educators.