School Library Studies (MA)

Program specific information

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.

See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact to the right or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

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

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.

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.

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. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.

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. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Cost and financial aid

All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students. 

Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $441 per unit of graduate credit or $278 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 Student Financial Aid at 800-772-2736 or fin-aid@uni.edu

Services and support

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 distance@uni.edu 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.