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The blended Secondary Education, Master of Science (MS) with 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 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
The 21st Century school librarian is in high demand as this educators role in supporting PK-12 student achievement through instruction and programming is recognized and required across the United States. School librarians heighten a students 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.
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
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 Semester
- May 1
|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.
|Current Issues and Trends||3|
Course Number: TED 8060
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
|School Curriculum Planning||3|
Course Number: TED 8430
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.
|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.
Course Number: TED 8726
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.
|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 & Information Agencies||3|
Course Number: TED 8806
Candidates 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.
|Language, Culture, Power||3|
Course Number: TED 8000
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.
|Culturally Responsive Teaching||3|
Course Number: TED 8180
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
|Human Relations for Bias Free Education||3|
Course Number: TED 8210
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.
|Multicultural Literature for Children and Youth||3|
Course Number: TED 8800
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.
|Critical Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice||3|
Course Number: TED 9200
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.
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.