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, School Library Media Sequence and Contemporary Issues in School Librarianship Series, 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.
Licensing for School Library Media Specialists
For most educators, who are already certified, the basic courses in the series will provide competencies leading to licensure in the State of Vermont. For those not currently certified as educators, additional competencies will be required. All participants are encouraged to obtain preliminary evaluation of educational and professional background from the Vermont Agency of Education Licensing Office through transcript review.
All the courses in the sequence are upper level/graduate courses. Where applicable, they may fit into a master’s degree program, such as UVM’s Master of Education in Curriculum and instruction.