School Library Studies (MA)
Prepare to serve as a leader in technology and literacy, a teacher of digital citizenship and advocate for lifelong readers.
- Online master's degree and Iowa librarian endorsement options available
- Next cohort begins: August 2022
- Apply by June 30, 2022 for full consideration
- Scholarships available
Entirely Online | 33 Credits | 2 Years
- Mentored by faculty with K-12 teaching experience, you will find a K-12 connection infused throughout all courses
- Courses prepare you to teach technology and literacy and lead school wide learning, through co-planning, co-teaching, and providing print and digital resources to students and teachers
- This program is for those looking to become K-12 teacher librarians and/or qualify for one or more of the Iowa teacher librarian endorsements:
- K-8 Elementary School Teacher Librarian – #108
- 5-12 Secondary School Teacher Librarian – #109
- K-12 School Teacher Librarian – #174
As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.
Joan Bessman Taylor
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Our graduates are prepared to become:
- Teacher librarians
- Teacher leaders
- Technology integrationist
- Instructional coaches
- Curriculum directors
All coursework is offered online. Most courses meet once a week in the evening via Zoom interactive video conferencing and are supported using Blackboard, a learning management system. View the course sequences below:
Students only interested in the Iowa School Librarian endorsements should contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org for advisement.
Individualized Support Services
Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:
- Personalized academic advising
- Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
- Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
- Access to student accessibility services and staff
- Technical support assistance
Financial aid and scholarships are available for both part-time and full-time graduate students in the online School Library Studies program. To get started, contact the UNI Financial Aid Office for information and for assistance with filing out the FAFSA. Graduate students, enrolled in 5+ credits per semester can qualify for some forms of federal financial aid.
Since teacher librarian is one of the Iowa Teacher Shortage Areas designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education, students who earn a degree in School Library Studies may be eligible for forgivable loans or grants through both state and federal programs.
Teach Iowa Scholars and Teacher Loan Forgiveness provide for funds for educators teaching in shortage areas and/or low-income schools. These programs are administered by outside agencies, but it is recommended that you first consult with the UNI Financial Aid office about these options.
The federal TEACH Grant program provides grants to students earning degrees in shortage areas including teacher librarianship. Eligible graduate students must contact the UNI Financial Aid office to request to have the TEACH Grant added to their financial aid offer.
Graduate Assistantship/Graduate Tuition Scholarships
If you are planning to be a full-time graduate student (enrolling in 9+ credits per semester), you can apply for Graduate Tuition Scholarships. Additionally, full-time students who are interested in working 10-20 hours per week on campus can apply for Graduate Assistantships. More information and applications are available through the UNI Graduate College.
Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information and application deadlines directly to your inbox!
To be admitted, students must have:
- An applicant statement (limit 500 words) in response to a question about teacher librarianship. The question can be found in the online application and the statement should be uploaded as a PDF (the statement will be waived for applicants with a prior master's degree).
- 3.0 GPA in a completed degree program
- Teaching license or completion of teacher education coursework
Along with the application, students should have their official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
PACE Scholarship: Online & Distance Education offers scholarships to UNI teaching alumni who enroll in a degree-seeking graduate program at a distance.
Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.