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Human Services, EdS - Learning Resources Option

Librarians Are Leaders!

The entirely online Human Services, Ed.S. - Learning Resources Option is designed to help you become a leader in librarianship! The Ed.S. degree builds upon your prior coursework and will support your growth as leader of librarianship:

  • Learn leadership, technology, and research skills
  • Improve your teaching, whether it be a K-20 classroom, library, or in the military or corporate training

Entirely Online

Complete your degree from any location. Whether you live in Warrensburg, in Missouri or another state, or even another country, all of the program requirements can be completed from wherever you have an internet connection. Class assignments and project work are completed in the time frames that best suit your work and life schedule!

Student Learning Outcomes

The graduate with a Human Services, E.d.S - Learning Resources Option degree will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Be a leader in their library or school
  • Create a work of original research that investigates a research question relevant to the library field

Entrance Requirements

Acceptance into the program requires a master's degree from an accredited institution along with a 3.25 GPA and a personal interview.

Choose Courses Best for You

The 30 hour degree can be customized with courses that will help you develop leadership skills. Take online courses in library science, educational technology, school administration, business, or any online course offered to develop a program that is right for the skills you need!

Dates and Deadlines

New Applications

  • Fall Semester Start - applications due July 31
  • Spring Semester Start - applications due December 1
  • Summer Semester Start - applications due April 15

Practicum Students

  • Fall Practicum - applications due to the program coordinator by March 31
  • Spring Practicum - applications due to the program coordinator by October 31
  • There is no Summer Practicum

Thesis Deadlines

  • Fall Commencement - thesis submitted to GER by November 15
  • Spring Commencement - thesis submitted to GER by April 25
  • There is no Summer Commencement

For assistance in practicum enrollment and for questions about program requirements, please email René Burress at For questions about thesis requirements, please contact your program advisor.


Research That Impacts

We believe that our EdS students are library leaders and can impact the library community. At the end of the EdS program, you will complete a thesis, which is a work of original research that investigates a question relevant to the library field. Using action research as a method, you will review literature related to your topic, design a research plan, collect and analyze data, and present your findings.

Initial Teacher Certification in School Librarianship

For students who do not have initial teacher certification, the state of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed requirements for certification in school librarianship which include professional education requirements and subject area requirements. Each of these requirements can be met by courses available online at UCM.

If you have a bachelor’s degree outside of education or even an MLS in library science, this certification is an option for you!

Accreditations and Accolades


UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


Nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians

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