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Program Requirements

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science prides itself on close contact with practitioners in the field of school library media and reviews its required and elective courses regularly to ensure that graduates are prepared to play critical roles in rapidly changing environments. All courses are 3 credit courses. The following outlines the School Library Media curriculum in addition to the core required courses for the master’s degree in Library and Information Science.


The School Library specialization has the following required courses, in addition to the Palmer MSLIS core courses, for students entering the program with NYS Teacher Certification or equivalent:

LIS 620 Instructional Design & Leadership
LIS 622 Management of the School Media Center
LIS 626 Teaching Methodologies K-16 Librarians
LIS 629 Integrating Technology into the K-12 Curriculum
LIS 627 Special Needs Students in K-12 Libraries
LIS 712 Literacy for a K-12 Environment LIS
LIS 691 Internship/Student Teaching

And one of the following:

LIS 728 K-12 Literature
LIS 729 Young Adult Sources & Services
LIS 733 Children’s Sources & Services

Students entering the program with New York State Teacher Certification will undergo a transcript evaluation to determine which education courses might be equivalent to the above courses. In such a case the student will be informed and electives to substitute for a required course will be suggested.

Suggested Electives:

LIS 628 Collection Development for K-12
LIS 624 Introduction to Online Teaching

To qualify for initial New York State Certification as a School Librarian, students must also complete the following:

• Two-hour child abuse seminar (either online or face to face);
• Violence Prevention Workshop (either online or face to face);
• DASA workshop (Dignity for All Students Art) (either online of face to face);
• Fingerprinting according to NYSED requirements;
• Qualifying scores on ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), EAS (Educating All Students, CST
(Content Specialty Test) in Library Media and edTPA (video performance assessment);
• Enrollment in the TEACH system (New York State’s online application system for teacher

Following three (3) years of successful employment and one (1) year of mentorship in a school library media center, a candidate may apply to the NYSED for professional certification. The certification program is reciprocal for most states in the nation.

Required Workshops

Information pertaining to the above is available in the Palmer School’s Main Office or on the Teaching Certification Requirements Web site.

Students with Master’s Degrees in Library and Information Science

Individuals who already have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and are without New York State Teacher Certification must complete the “Required School Media Courses,” including the Internship (Student Teaching), as well as all "Required Examinations" and "Required Workshops" to apply for New York State School Media Library Specialist Certification.