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The blended Master of Science in Literacy with a School Library endorsement program prepares educational professionals with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively integrate contemporary theories of literacy and library science with current pedagogical practice.
Students gain the:
- Ability to apply research in reading and writing to teaching and learning.
- Skills for working with struggling readers and writers in PK-12 settings.
- Leadership skills to work with students and their teachers in literacy environments.
- Understanding of students diversity as readers and writers.
- Use of various types of literature to enhance students skills as readers and writers.
Coursework for this nationally-recognized program builds competencies in:
- Library Science
- Technology/Digital Resources
- Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Todays school librarian works with many different groups within a school community by:
- Facilitating access to information in a wide variety of formats.
- Instructing students and teachers on how to acquire, evaluate and use a diverse array of technologies to facilitate inquiry processes.
- Introducing children and young adults to literature and other resources in support of their personal and academic journeys.
As a collaborator, change agent and leader, the school librarian develops, promotes and implements a program that will help prepare students to be effective users of ideas and information.
Upon completion of the courses for this literacy degree, students will also have earned the credits necessary for both an endorsement in reading and an endorsement in school library.
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:
A bachelor's degree
3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Candidates to a master's program are admitted provisionally until completion and successful evaluation of the selective retention materials. Selective retention replaces the admission exam. The deadline to submit Selective Retention forms to your adviser is during the term in which you will complete at least nine hours of courses with a TED prefix.
Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Official transcripts from all previous schools
Valid teaching certificate
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
- Submit separate application to academic department
- Fall Semester
- August 25
- Spring Semester
- December 1
- Summer Sessions
- May 1
|Special Methods in School Library Media||3|
Course Number: TED 8006
This course is designed to provide experiences for school professionals to be orchestrators of the learning environment by enhancing the knowledge, skills, competencies, and dispositions necessary to create effective learning environments in their specific content area specialization. Content of the course is determined by the discipline area.
|Introduction to Research||3|
Course Number: TED 8010
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.
Course Number: TED 8520
This three credit hour supervised practicum is designed to give librarians an overview of the public services, technical services, and leadership and management of libraries and information agencies. Prereq: Minimum 24 hours of library science coursework and permission of advisor. (Application deadline February 1 for Fall practicum; October 1 for Spring practicum)
|Teaching & Learning in Digital Environments||3|
Course Number: TED 8596
This course introduces technology and technical literacies required of educators and information specialists in 21st Century libraries and classrooms. Course topics include information literacy, instructional design in digital environments, Web page design and construction, social networking and learning, and academic integrity.
|Children's Literature and Education||3|
Course Number: TED 8650
Explores story, poetry, drama, and informational materials for children. Examines current issues, recent materials, and the theoretical and research base of this field to develop meaningful and creative learning, literacy, and library experiences for children. Literacy resources and activities for students from preschool through grade six.
|Young Adult Literature and Education||3|
Course Number: TED 8660
Explores story, poetry, drama, and informational materials for young adults. Examines current issues, recent materials, and the theoretical and research base of this field to develop meaningful and creative learning, literacy, and library experiences. Literacy resources and activities for students in middle and high school.
|Reference Resources and Services||3|
Course Number: TED 8716
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.
|Cataloging and Classification||3|
Course Number: TED 8746
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.
|Managing Collections in Libraries & Information Agencies||3|
Course Number: TED 8766
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.
|Leadership & Management in Libraries &...||3|
Course Number: TED 8806
Leadership & Management in Libraries & Information AgenciesCandidates will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and activities integral to leading and managing 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of leadership principles and management strategies that engage policies and procedures that support the personal, academic and professional needs for patrons and diverse learners.
|Theories & Processes of Reading||3|
Course Number: TED 9100
This course develops a framework about the theories, processes, and related research associated with literacy. The content looks across grade levels and student populations, and across social and cultural contexts in an examination of factors that impact theories and processes of literacy. Prereq: Graduate status
|Principles & Practices for Teaching Reading||3|
Course Number: TED 9110
This graduate course for both elementary and secondary teachers is open to any candidate who has graduate standing in education. The purpose of the course is to develop a broad understanding of the reading process as well as materials and instructional strategies that support students who are emerging, developing, and maturing as readers in all areas of the curriculum.
|Applications of Literacy Evaluation & Instruction||3|
Course Number: TED 9130
This course is designed for graduate candidates enrolled in the Reading Masters or endorsement program. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of theory and research as it relates to assessment and evaluation of reading difficulties. Application of this knowledge is applied through a practicum experience with elementary students in which candidates integrate issues and practices related to assessment and evaluation of reading disabilities. Prereq: TED 9100 and TED 9110
|Assessment & Instruction Secondary Readers||3|
Course Number: TED 9140
(formerly TED 9120) The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of theory and research as it relates to assessment and evaluation of reading difficulties among middle and high school students. Included in this course is knowledge about the role and responsibility of the reading specialist as it relates to coaching, mentoring, supervision, and evaluation of a reading program. Application of this information is demonstrated through a practicum experience with middle and high school students. Prereq: TED 9100, TED 9110, TED 9130
|Seminar in Research in Reading||3|
Course Number: TED 9180
This course reviews and critically examines current research studies in literacy from the perspectives of knowledge about literacy processes, classroom practice, and research design. Teacher candidates apply these issues in an action research project they design and implement. Prereq: TED 9100, TED 8010
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $342.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $394.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1026.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1182.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $445.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $497.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1335.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1491.75
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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.
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.