The University of Vermont offers graduate educational opportunities for those interested in school library media studies to gain licensure in Vermont, as well as for certified educators seeking recertification and professional development. School Library Media Specialists are educational leaders and resource specialists in pre-K schools, who collaborate with other educators to provide equitable access to resources and information for all students. The two strands of courses reflect current standards for school librarianship as described by the American Association for School Librarians (AASL), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and Vermont Standards for Educators.
School Library Media Sequence
The University of Vermont has designed a series of courses to help educators gain licensure as school library media specialists. The School Library Media Studies Sequence of six graduate level courses is designed for both those with and without teacher certification. Non-educators may need additional coursework. The curriculum addresses the essential competencies for school library media specialists required by the State of Vermont as listed within the Educator Licensing web site, but licensure is not automatic. Courses in the sequence are delivered in “hybrid” fashion using a combination of face to face classroom meetings, online work, and interactive television sessions held at local Vermont Interactive Technologies sites.
Contemporary Issues in School Librarianship Series
This strand of graduate level courses within the School Library Media Studies program is provided for certified school librarians who are seeking additional professional development around issues that are critical in 21st Century schools. Organized within a 24/7 online course management system, school librarians in practice are able to access course materials and content according their own work and personal schedules. All courses in this series are offered in a 100% online format.