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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.

Required School Media Courses:

  • LIS 620 - Instructional Design and Leadership
  • LIS 622 - School Media Centers
  • LIS 626 - Teaching Methodologies for the School Media Center
  • LIS 628 - School Media Materials and the Curriculum
  • LIS 629 - Integrating Technology into the School Media Curriculum
  • LIS 690 - Internship (Student Teaching)

And One of the Following:

  • LIS 729 - Young Adult Literature
  • LIS 728 - K-12 Literature for School Media Specialists
  • LIS 735 - Storytelling and Folk Literature

Those students entering the program without New York State Teacher Certification or the equivalent will be required to take this education course (or equivalent) in addition to the above requirements:

  • EDU 610-Literacy Teaching and Learning, Birth-Grade 6

Required Examinations

All candidates for New York Certification as a School Library Media Specialist (Pre K-12) will be required to achieve passing scores on the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written), and the CST (Content Specialty Test in Library Media) for initial certification.

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.