Secondary Education, MS (School Library)

Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in School Library

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Blended
  • 36
  • $351.00
  • $457.00

Program Overview

The blended Secondary Education, Master of Science (MS) with an emphasis in School Library program combines core graduate education courses with literacy, technology and school library courses for those candidates who wish to direct a PK-12 school library. 

Coursework for this nationally-recognized program builds competencies in: 

  • Public services
  • Technical services 
  • Leadership and management of school library media programs

The program is specifically designed around the four pillars of:

  • Evaluating research to determine the impact on classroom practice
  • Using assessment to drive instructional decision making
  • Considering culturally responsive teaching practices to teach to student strengths
  • Developing personalized theoretical frameworks for effective teaching

Career Outlook: The 21st Century school librarian is in high demand as this educator's role in supporting PK-12 student achievement through instruction and programming is recognized and required across the United States. School librarians heighten a student's research and inquiry skills through a diverse array of print and digital tools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for librarians will grow 9% from 2016 to 2026.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Valid teaching certificate

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit separate application to academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TED 8010Introduction to Research3
This course will introduce advanced degree candidates to (1) an understanding of the scientific method as applied to behavioral research, (2) assessment, evaluation, descriptive, causal-comparative, experimental and historical data gathering procedures and analytical strategies, (3) sampling theory, techniques, distribution and hypothesis testing, (4) specific designs, methods, and tools of research, (5) search and retrieval of published research, both American and international (global), in the library and over the Internet, (6) critical evaluation of research studies, (7) basic statistics, both descriptive and inferential, and (8) preparation of a research proposal containing three chapters: Problem, Review of Related Research (from an international global perspective with particular sensitivity toward multicultural issues), and Methodology. Prereq: Graduate standing.
TED 8430School Curriculum Planning3
This course is designed to provide advanced degree candidates with an understanding of the theory, principles, and practices utilized in curriculum planning in American schools. This course focuses on the principles and practices of effective curriculum planning and teachers' part in these processes as curriculum developers.
TED 8716Reference Resources and Services3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to reference resources and services in 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of effective search strategies and efficient use of both print and digital resources, design and promote information literacy instruction that is developmentally appropriate, and understand the legal and ethical responsibilities integral to positive and proactive reference services for patrons and diverse learners.
TED 8746Cataloging and Classification3
Candidates will demonstrate a basic understanding of the theories, concepts and activities of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification procedures of books in 21st Century libraries and information agencies using the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition, the Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal.
TED 8766Managing Collections in Libraries & Information Agencies3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to proactive collection management in 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of community analysis, collection analysis, and the ability to conduct critical evaluations of a diverse array of information resources.
TED 8060Current Issues and Trends3
The course is an advanced study of current issues and trends which have substantial impact on P-12 education in the U.S.A. The graduate candidates who take this class will read important material related to the issues and apply analysis, synthesis, and evaluative techniques to it so that they are conversant with the issues and some of the relevant research from knowledgeable scholars. Prereq: Graduate status
TED 8726Special Libraries3
Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the major types of 21st Century special libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of social and political environments, clientele, services, collections, physical settings, financing and staffing, and future trends in the special libraries and information agencies.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TED 8180Culturally Responsive Teaching3
This course includes an introductory analysis of the societal and institutional processes and problems which have bearing upon the education of children in urban settings. In addition, the course will focus on knowledge, skills and dispositions related to instructional strategies and classroom management needed for effective teaching in an urban environment. Prereq: Graduate status
TED 9200Critical Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice3
This course examines ways in which ideology, power, and culture intersect in P-12 educational settings. Undemocratic, inequitable, and oppressive structures are identified. Possibilities for democratic, equitable transformations are proposed.
TED 8210Human Relations for Bias Free Education3
This course will develop practicing teachers' awareness of and skill in meeting the needs of P-12 students with regards to the areas of human understanding, acceptance and value. Candidates will examine existing attitudes towards various minority groups such as racial, ethnic, gender, exceptionality, etc. School materials and attitudes will also be examined in determining the effect they have on P-12 students.
TED 8000Language, Culture, Power3
This course will focus on the role of language as one of the most powerful transmitters of culture. Issues directly related to the cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of language and their relationship to questions of schooling and community will be addressed. Teacher candidates will discuss the practice of literacy, bilingual development, and other dimensions of linguistic development.
TED 8800Multicultural Literature for Children and Youth3
This is designed as a graduate-level course dealing with utilization of literary materials representing authors and content from multiple perspectives, particularly authors whose cultural and ethnic backgrounds differ from the mainstream.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 25
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SemesterMay 01