Online Instructional Technology, MS Ed | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Instructional Technology, MS Ed (School Librarian)

Master of Science in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Instructional Technology, Master of Science in Education (MS Ed) with a concentration in School Librarian degree focuses on developing school librarians with technological expertise in a K-12 setting. Instruction is designed around practical, 21st century, real-world projects that can be used immediately on the job.

Instructional technologists can be building, district-wide, or company-wide technology resource personnel who provide or assist with:

  • Technology-related professional development
  • Strategic planning components
  • Trans-curricular integration of technology
  • Instructional delivery

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination/project is required of all degree-seeking students prior to graduation. There are three parts:

  • Program examination/project
  • Departmental examination
  • College of Education survey of Desired Outcomes

Note: Coursework and assessments align with the Nebraska State Department of Education standards for the school librarian endorsement and students completing the program have successfully received equivalent endorsements in other states. This concentration leads to a School Librarian Endorsement, which has received national recognition from the American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL) and the Council on the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Instructional Coordinators is 11% which is faster than average. Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards while also developing instructional material for classrooms and evaluating its effectiveness.

More about the Instructional Technology, MS Ed program:

The Instructional Technology program offers additional concentration areas to help students customize their degree to their professional needs.

Concentrations include:

  • Information Technology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leadership in Instructional Technology
  • School Librarian

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
Sheryl Crow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Sheryl Crow graduated as a valedictorian from her master's program from Brigham Young University in Utah and went on to complete her doctorate in Library and Information Management from Emporia State University in Kansas. In 2015, Crow was awarded the Pratt-Heins Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Presidential Award from Nebraska Educational Media Association in 2010. She has been teaching for over 35 years.

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

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

School Librarian Concentration courses: TE 869, 871, 872, 873 and 875

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

TE 810Design and Development of Instruction3

Course Number: TE 810

This course deals with the principles of instructional design and how to apply these principles in instructional development projects. The course utilizes a systems approach to the instructional design process by focusing on a series of interrelated procedures and techniques to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction for diverse learners.

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 the 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 imagine 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

Prereq: TE 869 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.

TE 872Organization of School Library and Technology Resources3

Course Number: TE 872

Prereq: TE 869 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.

TE 873Reference Services and Resources3

Course Number: TE 873

Prereq: TE 869 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.

TE 875Administration of the School Library3

Course Number: TE 875

Prereq: TE 869 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.

TE 877Developing Web-Based Educational Environments3

Course Number: TE 877

This course is for teachers and instructional technologists who wish to design, implement and evaluate learner-centered instructional environments. Students will create, implement and evaluate nonlinear, student-centered interactive web-based projects, based upon their students' assessed learning needs.

TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 886P

This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.

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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