You will find course requirements and information about the courses at this site http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/curriculum-instruction/school-library-studies/courses-0
Our MA degree (along with a valid Iowa Teaching License) meets the State of Iowa requirements for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement #174. The state also offers endorsements for elementary only (#108) and secondary only (#109) teacher librarians. For more information, see the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners' site at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/endorsements/endorsements_teacher_gened.html and search for endorsement #174, #108 or #109.
If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning your Master’s Degree in School Library Studies. If you are a post BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to look into an alternative licensure program call the Iowa Intern License Pathway through this link: http://www.uni.edu/coe/special-programs/iowa-teacher-intern-license-pathway We do not provide advising for these programs, but contacts are listed there.
To be entered into a cohort group, you must be accepted into the master's program which can take some time dependent on the arrival time of your transcripts. Please be sure that all of your transcripts have been requested and received by the UNI Admissions office. Once your file is complete in the Admissions office, you will be notified by email (so be sure your email accepts these messages or that you check your Junk mail filter), and your file will be sent by the Admissions office to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for consideration of your admission to the Master’s in School Library Studies Program. If you have not received this notice in a timely manner, it is your responsibility to contact the office of Admissions to see what might be delaying the completion of your application. Contact Laurie Russel at email@example.com or by phone at 319-273-2623.
The Admissions Office also creates an account so that you can check your status of your application online through the MyUniverse website, Student Services Center. Watch for an automatically generated email from the Admissions Office that provides your UNI student #, CATID username, & directs you to the place where it tells you how to determine what your CATID password is the first time you login to MyUNIverse. If you have questions about your ID, contact Laurie Russel at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 319-273-2623.
Admission criteria are based on a 3.0 GPA or above in a previous degree program based on a 4.0 scale. A satisfactory score on a proctored writing test the semester prior to the cohort start is also required. Once an admission decision has been made, you will be notified through a letter from the Curriculum and Instruction Department Office. At that time, you will be assigned to a cohort group and will be able to register for classes.
Iowa Teacher Shortages: Iowa teacher shortage areas are designated annually by the Iowa Department of Education. Teachers in shortage areas may be eligible for college student forgivable loans through both state and federal programs. Shortage areas for 2013-2014 school year are listed at the link below. Teacher librarian k-8 and 5-12 are on this list http://www.boee.iowa.gov/teacher_shortage.html
UNI financial aid http://www.uni.edu/finaid/loans
UNI Curriculum & Instruction/SLS Scholarships: By February 1 of each year, qualified applicants may apply for SLS scholarships of $1000 (Rigmor Madsen and/or Mary Lou Kirk) by following the instructions at this site. http://www.uni.edu/coe/coe-scholarships
Graduate Tuition Scholarship and/or Assistantship Stipend: Students working toward a graduate degree full time, who wish to work 20 hours a week on campus in the department, may apply by February 1 each year. See http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/curriculum-instruction/graduate-study/scholarships-assistantships
Dates to Note:
The proctored writing test will be administered from our office following your application using local proctors arranged by the applicant. Please contact me using the information below to set this up at your earliest convenience. After completing this and after your application file has arrived in our office, you will be contacted by a letter from our department office to notify you of your admission decision. The next cohort start after August 2014 is tentatively planned for August 2015.
Cohort groups begin with the course SLS 5114 Introduction to the School Library Program and one other course. Groups typically complete 2 courses each semester that will be offered specifically for the cohort group, although those who wish to move through the program one course at a time also have that option, as do students who wish to be full time. All 33 hours of coursework could be completed in a 2-3 year time frame. The master's program requires a master's research paper or thesis. The Introduction course, which is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program, meets face to face two Saturdays and uses an online learning environment. Course dates will be listed when the course schedules are published. THE INTRODUCTION COURSE WILL HAVE A REQUIRED CLASS ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF AUGUST ON THE UNI CAMPUS.
Once admitted, students will register online at www.uni.edu/continuinged/cohort/enroll through the UNI Continuing Education office.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Karla Krueger