The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its Master of Arts (MA) in School Library Studies. The program is scheduled to begin in August 2018. This two-year program prepares students to become teacher librarians who manage the school library program, serve as leaders in technology and literacy, teachers of digital citizenship and advocates for lifelong readers.
All courses in this program integrate technology skills, preparing graduate students to teach technology and literacy and lead schoolwide learning through co-planning, co-teaching, and providing print and digital resources to students and teachers. The curriculum is aligned with the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians, and graduates of the program are prepared to enact the Iowa Department of Education vision for school libraries.
“The online School Library Studies program stands out in the preparation of K through 12 teacher librarians throughout Iowa because faculty have K through 12 teaching and library experience and infuse a K through 12 connection and technology integration throughout all courses in the program,” said program coordinator Karla Krueger.
Courses in this program are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Many courses in this program meet one night per week via interactive video conferencing. One in-person, Saturday class session will be held on UNI’s campus during the first semester.
The program begins in August using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/sls.
For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2504 or 800-648-3864.