Online Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (School Librarian)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $309.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $435.00

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The online Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) with an emphasis in school librarian program prepares students with the best practices for instruction and assessment based on the students they teach.

This unique program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to lead a school library in a PK-12 school.
  • Acquire technological expertise for their school or district.
  • Advance their professional growth.

This concentration leads to a School Librarian Endorsement, which has received national recognition from the:

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program.

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Montessori Early Childhood
  • Montessori - Elementary I
  • Reading/Special Education
  • School Librarian
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Secondary Education
  • Transitional Certification

Career Outlook: Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers effectiveness.


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Summer Session
April 10
Spring Semester
November 10

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical and ethnographical methodology.

TE 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3

Course Number: TE 804

Students learn to evaluate, create and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations and school policies. In addition, students study diverse learning and teaching styles as well as explore the meaning and the reality of creating an environment that is conducive to and supportive of infused multicultural education.

TE 805P or TE 886PSelect one: Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 805P or TE 886P

Overview of Assistive Technology (TE 805P): This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Technology Tools for Teachers (TE 886P): This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 868Copyright, Fair Use and Ethics3

Course Number: TE 868

This course focuses on the ethical use of copyrighted material and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to education and business training.

TE 869Introduction to School Library Program3

Course Number: TE 869

This course is an overview of selected school library topics: current trends, genres, issues and instructional and motivational strategies in children's and adolescent literature; school library and educational professional ethics including issues concerning the individual, society and the profession; and an introduction to information literacy.

TE 870Developing Web-Based Portfolios3

Course Number: TE 870

This course will focus on planning, revising and developing web-based working and academic portfolios. Tools such as web editors and image editing software will be used. Student will create a working portfolio to use during their academic programs.

TE 871Collection Development and Management3

Course Number: TE 871

Collection Development and Management is designed to provide the student with the basic competencies needed for print and non-print collection selection, development and evaluation. Prerequisite: TE 869

TE 872Organization of School Library and Technology Resources 3

Course Number: TE 872

Students will learn a variety of techniques for providing access to resources, including exploring the types and functions of automation systems and basic methods and procedures of cataloging and classification within a school library program. Prerequisite: TE 869

TE 873Reference Services and Resources3

Course Number: TE 873

This course will focus on the range of reference resources which support the school library media center, including the evaluation and use of print and electronic reference sources, reference procedures and the instructional role of reference resources in the overall school curriculum. Prerequisite: TE 869

TE 875Administration of the School Library3

Course Number: TE 875

This course will focus on the administration of the school library program's mission, budgeting, supervision of personnel, planning, resource needs, communication within the school and public communities, the role of the information specialist in the instructional process and the interrelationships of information agencies. Prerequisite: TE 869

TE 893Field Experiences in School Library3

Course Number: TE 893

This course is the capstone experience for students in the MSED-Instructional Technology (School Library) or School Library Endorsement programs. Students will gain experiences in school library settings. Prerequisite: TE 869 and TE 871 and TE 872 and TE 873 and TE 875

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $487.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1461.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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