Experimental School Library Media Specialist Program

This experimental program seeks to address the critical shortage in Michigan of certified school librarians by building an abbreviated pathway for teachers to earn the ND endorsement outside of the Master of Library and Information Science degree.It is designed for Michigan classroom teachers who have an interest in becoming school librarians. Candidates must have a valid Michigan teacher's certificate to be recommended for School Library Media endorsement by the School of Information Sciences. Students outside of Michigan are not eligible for this program.

This program can be completed within 15 credit hours, the same amount of hours it takes to obtain a certificate in the School of Information Sciences.Students who complete this program can receive the Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Science or continue taking courses to earn the Master of Library and Information Science degree.

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The certificate program requires 15 total credit hours - click here for the plan of work (pdf). Students will complete the following required classes:

  • INF 7310: School Library Media Programs (3 credits)
  • INF 7320: The Media Specialist as Teacher and Instructional Consultant (3 credits)
  • INF 7980: Practicum: SLM (2-3 credits)
    • Students who complete a 4-credit technology course may enroll for a 2-credit practicum rather than the 3-credit practicum course.

Students will select ONE Literature course:

  • INF 6520: Beyond Books: Youth Literature in Action (3 credits)
  • INF 6530: Young Adult Literature (3 credits)

Students will select ONE Technology course

  • INF 6420: Introduction to Web Development (3 credits)
  • LDT 7130 Facilitating Digital Learning (4 credits)
  • LDT 7140 Interactive Course Design (4 credits)
  • LDT 7210 Emerging Tech for Digital Learning (4 credits)
  • LDT 7220 Mobile Learning Technologies (4 credits)
  • Other technical INF elective with permission of advisor (3 credits)

All coursework can be completed entirely online, with the exception of the SLM practicum, which requires 90-135 contact hours in school.