About the Program

The University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) offers a state-approved distance education program that equips teachers to be K-12 teacher librarians.  The graduate level program leads to the Iowa endorsement as a K -12 school teacher librarian (TL) and is especially designed for working teachers interested in becoming school librarians. Below is more information about the program:

  • This is a full master's degree program, and not just a credential
  • Fully online program
  • Online classes are offered either synchronously or asynchronously based on the class offered 
  • $500 per course stipend each semester, up to $1000 for Iowa licensed teachers only
  • Complete the degree in 2 years by attending 6 consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Flexibility to work around your full-time job
  • Classes are taught by faculty and working professionals

Students who are interested in school librarianship but do not have an Iowa teaching license may take an additional 29 semester hours in the College of Education that leads to an Iowa teaching license and TL endorsement.


The TL Program has a prescribed curriculum that fulfills the BOEE's requirement for a K-12 endorsement in school librarianship.  Students in the program should plan to take two courses a semester (six credit hours) for six semesters, including two summers, in order to complete the TL curriculum and MA within two years. The Plan of Study can be viewed here.



Class Formats

Courses will be delivered primarily via video conferencing allowing students to “attend” class from any location with a high-speed internet connection. Classes are offered either asynchronously or synchronously, depending on the class.


For more information, please email Jackie Biger, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Instruction, Teacher Librarian Program.