The School Library Studies program offers an online master's degree for those who wish to become K-12 teacher librarians and/or qualify for one or more of the Iowa teacher librarian endorsements.
Our School Library Studies MA program was recently named as #18 “Most Affordable Master’s in Library Science Online” in 2020.
The program is delivered online and establishes for our students a network of colleagues throughout the state. Mentored by faculty with K-12 teaching experience, students find a K-12 connection infused throughout all courses and progress as a cohort of educators teaching in a variety of levels and settings.
School librarianship has continued to be a specialty among the "teacher shortage areas" in Iowa (Iowa Department of Education). Graduates most frequently work in schools as teacher librarians with many taking on roles as teacher leaders, technology integrationists, instructional coaches or curriculum directors. Some graduates choose to apply their new skills as classroom teachers, helping both their students and colleagues enhance their literacy and technology skills.
More information about the teacher librarian profession and the MA program is available through School Library Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Courses are offered online using eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Many courses meet once per week in the evening (at 5 p.m.) via interactive video conferencing.
One in-person, hands-on Saturday class session will be held on the UNI campus on November 6, 2021. Note: Course delivery for the November meeting is subject to change if necessary due to safety measures related to COVID 19. Program faculty will communicate any changes or updates as needed. In addition, out-of-state students can request synchronous attendance via Zoom by prior arrangement with the Program Coordinator.
While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
Promoting summer reading is a year-round affair according to Megan Casey (M.A. 2017), a teacher librarian at Washington Elementary School in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Casey designed a research-based reading program to promote independent reading, family involvement, and public library use.
Students are passionate about audiobooks at St. Francis of Assisi School in West Des Moines, and they love to share this joy with others. According to their teacher librarian Kerry LeWarne (M.A. 2016), they often come to her and say, “Mrs.
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A required in-person session will be held on the UNI campus on Saturday, November 6 for students taking either SLS 5114 or SLS 5134 for the Fall 2021 term. Out-of-state students can request synchronous attendance via Zoom by prior arrangement with the Program Coordinator.
Please note: Financial aid is not available to students enrolled in less than 4 units of credit this semester.
This curriculum meets requirements for the state of Iowa. Out-of-state students should inquire with their Department of Education regarding specific state requirements.
Students only interested in the Iowa School librarian endorsements should contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org for advisement.
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $517 per unit of graduate credit or $325 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or email@example.com
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.
The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.
If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.
Visit the School Library Studies web page for more information about courses and requirements.
Yes. The School Library Studies MA degree (along with a valid Iowa teaching license) meets the state of Iowa requirements for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement (#174). If you only want an elementary endorsement (#108) or a secondary endorsement (#109), you could apply to the program and complete 24 hours instead of the full 33 credits which are required for the MA degree/K-12 endorsement. For more information, see the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.
The School Library Studies program offers a master's degree for those who wish to become teacher librarians and qualify for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement in Iowa.
No exams are required as part of the program application.
Students may choose to accelerate their progress; some students may prefer a slower pace. Such adjustments require referring to the schedule each semester to determine availability of courses.
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in joining a future School Library Studies (MA) cohort. We will send you program updates as they become available.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.