School Library Media K-12 Educator Preparation Program

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For further information: LibraryScienceGrad@southernct.edu

Dr. Gayle Bogel, Coordinator of School Media Program. Email: bogelg1@southernct.edu

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions.

OVERVIEW

The CAEP accredited program at SCSU offers preparation for teachers seeking cross endorsement as school library media specialists, as well as preparation for those seeking initial teaching licenses in Connecticut.  Both programs are offered as stand-alone specializations, and well as a concentration within our Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.

The application process to the ILS department programs are the same for all options, please see the Admissions document on the ILS site for admission requirements to the University and the School of Education.

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE

The procedure for admission into the program includes several steps, with the first two taken by the applicant to initiate the process.

a) Preparation and submission of the Online Graduate Application

The Online Graduate Application can be found at:

http://www.southernct.edu/academics/graduate/graduate-admissions/graduate-application.html

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 applicants has ever attempted and/or completed, with at least one transcript showing an undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional 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).
  4. For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores. 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 of 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 Office of Graduate Admissions

Once the Dept. Graduate Admissions Committee makes a determination on the applicant’s suitability for the intended program of studies, a recommendation will be made to the Office of Graduate Admissions for its review.

f) Final determination by the Office of Graduate Admissions

Admission decisions rest exclusively with the Office of Graduate Admissions and they are communicated by the School. For applicants accepted into the program, the School’s decision concludes the process of matriculation.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT, SATISFACTORY PROGRESSION AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

Continuous Enrollment requires that every graduate student maintain at least six credits toward his or her degree program every calendar year (a minimum of three credits in the fall and spring terms respectively) from the time of acceptance by the Office of Graduate Admissions until completion of all requirements for the graduate degree. Students must register for a course each semester or register for a continuation course. 

Continuation in any of the department's graduate programs is contingent upon ongoing positive faculty evaluation of a graduate student's grades, professional or scholarly attributes, performance in real or simulated professional situations, and subjective appraisal of the student's progress and potential. A student may be suspended or dismissed from a graduate program for deficiencies in any of these areas. If, in the professional judgment of the faculty, a student demonstrates practices that are harmful to patrons, unethical, or behaves unprofessionally, he or she will be placed on probation or requested to withdraw from the program.

School Media students must maintain good standing in the program in order to qualify for student teaching and a recommendation from Southern Connecticut State University for State of Connecticut teacher certification. They also must demonstrate the following:
personal attitudes and attributes that affect her or his performance as a teacher positively;
professional behavior appropriate to the context which shows a realization that actions reflect directly upon the status and substance of the profession; confidentiality of all information concerning colleagues and students obtained in the educational process; and integrity and honesty in written and verbal communication, documentation, and coursework related to the professional program for teacher certification.

SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA PROGRAM OPTIONS

The school library media specialist certification program is accredited, through the School of Education, by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

 School Library Media Cross-Endorsement - 30 Credits

This program option is designed for teachers who have current elementary or secondary certification in Connecticut. Thirty (30) credits in ILS courses are preparation for the endorsement (062).  All courses are offered online. 

The ILS 582 Internship is scheduled to accommodate individual student schedules and offers opportunities to gain hands on experience in school, public or university libraries.

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 582 – Library Science Internship - 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 ___ – Elective (with Academic Advisor Approval) - 3 credits

School Library Media Initial Educator - 30 Credits

This option is designed for those not currently certified in Connecticut who wish to qualify for Connecticut Initial Educator Certification as a School Library Media Specialist. Thirty (30) credits in ILS courses are required:  additional courses in professional education and field experiences including a semester of student teaching are required.  Must meet admission requirements for school of education initial educators, as well as ILS department.

All ILS content courses are offered online, professional education courses may be offered online or on ground.

The ILS 582 Internship is scheduled to accommodate individual student schedules and offers opportunities to gain hands on experience in school, public or university libraries.  ILS 581 School Media Practice is a 15 week, semester long student teaching sequence in a placement determined by the School of Education Office of Educational Services.

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 582 - Library Science Internship - 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 571 - Methods for School Library Media Centers - 3 credits
ILS 575 - Instructional Design Principles - 3 credits
EDF 520 - Child in American Culture* - 3 credits
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology* - 3 credits
SED 481/482 - Teaching Exceptional Children: Elementary/Secondary* - 3 credits
ILS 581 - School Media Practice - 6 credits

*approved courses meeting this requirement are available at many of Connecticut's community colleges as well as other four-year colleges and universities in the state.

Additional 6 credits of coursework to complete MLIS degree and Capstone Requirements

with 062 Cross Endorsement or Initial Certification                                                                        

ILS 699 - Thesis- 3-6 credits
Or
ILS 590 - Research in Library and Information Science (Special Project) - 3 credits
ILS 660 - Independent Study (Special Project) - 3 credits
Or
ILS Compremensive Exam and 2 additional electives

Southern Connecticut State University Graduate Catalog 2016 - 2017