Marshall University’s School Library Media certification program prepares school librarians to manage school library media centers, collaborate with other faculty to support the school curriculum and facilitate information literacy among students. The three important functions for school library media specialists recommended in the American Library Association publication entitled Information Power (teaching, information access and program administration) are addressed throughout the program.
As a certification endorsement program, initial teaching certification is required. The program requires the completion of 21 hours, including a 3-hour clinical experience, and passing the Library Media Specialist Praxis II Test. Certification is for K-12.
Marshall University’s College of Education & Professional Development programs are accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). In addition, the school library media program has been reviewed and recognized by NCATE and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as a School Librarianship Education Program.
Students must apply for admission to the Marshall University Graduate College. They can enroll in the certification program or in the Master of Arts program in Elementary or Secondary Education with School Library Media as an area of emphasis. Admission requires a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 or a master’s degree and licensure as a general education teacher.
Information about applying for admissions, including the admission application, can be found on Marshall University Graduate College’s admission web site ( http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/programs/how-to-apply-for-admission/ ) or by contacting the program coordinator.
Classes are web-based and delivered via Blackboard on MUOnline. Courses are entirely online (no live meetings).