The School Library Studies program offers an online master's degree for those who wish to become teacher librarians and qualify for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement in Iowa.
In 2016, the School Library Studies MA program was named among the top programs for the Most Affordable Online Master's in Library Science Degree by BestMastersDegrees.com.
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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 via interactive video conferencing. One in-person, hands-on Saturday class session will be held on the UNI campus during the first fall semester. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
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Course details and enrollment information
With advisor approval, students may enroll in SLS 6299 in Spring 2019 or Spring 2020. Additionally, students enrolling in SLS 6299 in Spring 2019 may have until Summer 2019 to finish.
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All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $486 per unit of graduate credit or $302 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
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 319-273-5970, 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.
There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.
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. 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.
The GRE is not required.
Successful performance on a writing test is required. Please contact Alisa Weeks at Alisa.Weeks@uni.edu or 319-273-2050 to make arrangements. The exam is to be administered by local proctors as arranged by the applicant. Instructions for arranging proctors
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 use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about enrollment deadlines as they become available.
We encourage you to apply for admission to graduate studies through the University of Northern Iowa as soon as possible. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 cohort. Applications received by June 2, 2017, will receive full consideration.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact us at CESP-Consult@uni.edu or 800-772-1746 and let us know that you are interested in applying for the School Library Studies MA program.
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
If your complete application and transcripts have been received by the Admissions Office and you meet the first two criteria above, the Division of Library Studies will be in contact with you to make arrangements for the writing exam portion of the application. The exam will be administered using local proctors as arranged by the applicant. Please see the instructions for arranging proctors for more information.
Additional information about admissions from the UNI Division of Library Studies
When your transcripts have been received, you will receive a confirmation email from UNI Admissions noting that your application is complete. If you have not received this notice in a timely manner, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 319-273-2281 to see what might be delaying the completion of your application.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will be assigned to a cohort group and provided enrollment information for the upcoming courses.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.