School Library Studies (MA)

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. This program prepares students to become teacher librarians who use their acquired knowledge of children and young people, books and information technologies, curriculum and the power of collaboration to enhance the learning experiences of students in their schools. 

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.

In 2016, the School Library Studies MA program was named among the top schools for the Most Affordable Online Master's in Library Science Degree by

Program features
The program is distance-friendly, yet retains a sense of identification with UNI and establishes for our students a network of colleagues throughout the state. Many of our students work full time and are able to complete the master's within a few years.

  • Courses are designed using the Quality Matters set of professional standards based upon research and best practices for course design.
  • All courses in the sequence incorporate technology skills and curricular technology integration, preparing our graduates for the multiple roles school administrators are looking for in today's teacher librarian.

Program outcomes

School librarianship has continued to be a specialty among the "teacher shortage areas" in Iowa, according to the most recent data available from the Iowa Department of Education. Graduates of the program most frequently work in schools as teacher librarians. This role includes:

  • teaching a curriculum that prepares children and young adults to become critical consumers of information
  • collaborating with teachers to plan and deliver instruction, to support literacy and to integrate technology into learning and teaching

More information about the teacher librarian profession and the MA program is available through School Library Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Convenient course delivery

Courses are offered online using eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Many courses meet once per week via interactive video conferencing. Some courses include one or two in-person, hands-on experiences Saturdays on the UNI campus. Delivery methods are subject to change. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.