Program Offers Opportunity to Teachers

Program Offers Opportunity to Teachers

A specially-tailored distance education program is offered for teachers to earn an MA in library and information science with an endorsement in school librarianship for Iowa schools. Research shows that effective school library programs and professionally trained teacher librarians play an essential role in the instructional program of each school and in student achievement.

The Iowa Department of Education provides the following vision for school library programs:

Iowa’s best schools have library programs that engage the entire school community to elevate the learning experience for all. Teacher librarians are uniquely prepared and strategically positioned to:

  • teach students to think critically and independently to construct new understandings and insights from varied information sources.
  • lead and embrace the integration of technology to enhance learning.
  • connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces.
  • collaborate with the school community to design and enact rigorous learning experiences and participate as positive digital citizens.
  • maximize access to quality print and digital resources.
  • champion and support the reading life of students.
  • nurture curiosity to develop in students a passion for learning for life.

The SLIS Teacher Librarian Program provides focused course work to prepare teachers to enact the vision for Iowa’s school library programs.

Qualifying teachers holding a current Iowa teaching license are eligible for a $1000 per semester tuition stipend made possible through SLIS in conjunction with the University of Iowa’s “IOWA for IOWANS” initiative.

For a more detailed description of the teacher librarian program, please visit: SLIS Teacher Librarian Program.

The following websites may also be of interest:

Iowa Department of Education School Library 21st Century Teacher Librarian and Vision for Iowa’s School Libraries
https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/learner-supports/school-library

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Requirements for Teaching Endorsements
See 108 – Elementary School Teacher Librarian and 109 Secondary School Teacher LIbrarian
http://www.boee.iowa.gov/endorsements/endorsements_teacher_gened.htm

Endorsement Analysis Request Form
http://www.boee.iowa.gov/forms/EndorsementAnalysis.pdfl