School Library Media Specialist, Graduate Certificate - Cross Endorsement

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For further information:

Dr. Gayle Bogel, Coordinator of School Media Program.

Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions


This Graduate Certificate offers preparation for currently certified teachers seeking additional endorsement as school media specialist. Students may pursue dual enrollment in this certificate as well as the Master of Library and Information Science degree. Please contact the graduate coordinator for further information.

Admission Procedure

a) Preparation and submission of the Online Graduate Application

b) Submission of the required documentation

Complete applications must include the following materials:

1. Graduate School Application.

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee.

3. Official academic transcripts for all college-level programs the applicant has ever attempted and/or completed, with at least one transcript showing an undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency in the United States. For students with degrees obtained outside the United States, equivalence must be established by the World Education Services, Josef Silny &Associates Evaluators, Inc., Global Credential Evaluators, Inc., or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. These are independent evaluation services recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores.

4. The Graduate School sets the minimum score needed on the TOEFL exam.

5. Two letters of recommendation written by individuals in a position to describe and evaluate the applicant’s commitment and potential for academic success at the graduate level. The letters should also address the applicant’s potential ability to make meaningful professional contributions.

6. A written statement (400-500 words) describing why the applicant is interested in the chosen program of study, expected contributions, and anticipated areas of professional practice.

7. A current resume.

c) Review the application file by the Department's Graduate Admissions Committee

Complete application files will be reviewed by the Coordinator of the School Library Program and an admissions interview will be scheduled. The file will then be reviewed by the Dept. Graduate Admissions Committee. The Committee's membership consists of three full-time faculty.

d) The determination of the applicant's qualifications and dispositional suitability for admission into the program

In making its determination and subsequent recommendation, the Dept. Graduate Admissions Committee will give consideration to the applicant's entire record. Please see section on requirements for information on conditional acceptance.

e) The Department's recommendation to the Dean's Office at the School of Education

Once the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Committee makes a determination on the applicant's suitability for the intended program of studies, a recommendation will be made to the Dean's office at the School of Education for its final review.

Program Requirements (30 credits)

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.

All ILS content courses are offered online, and the required ILS internship is flexibly scheduled around work and family commitments.

ILS 502 - Fundamentals of Library and Information Science - 3 credits
ILS 505 - Information Resources Organization and Management - 3 credits
ILS 507 - Information Science and Technology - 3 credits    
ILS 508 - User Services - 3 credits
ILS 516 – Literacy, Literature and Reading for School and Public Libraries - 3 credits
ILS 545 - Administration and Design of School Library Media Centers - 3 credits
ILS 547 – Integrating Technology and Media in K-12 Curriculum - 3 credits
ILS 575 – Instructional Design Principles - 3 credits
ILS 582 – Library Science Internship – 3 credits

Electives: One Course – 3 credits

Suggested elective courses: ILS 571 Methods in School Libraries or ILS 541 Leadership and Advocacy for Information Professionals.  Other courses may be chosen from current ILS course offerings with academic advisor approval.