School Library Media Specialist

The University of Vermont offers graduate educational opportunities for those interested in school library media studies to gain licensure in Vermont, or to acquire a graduate degree in school library media.

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 School Library Media Sequence reflects 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.

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 website, but licensure is not automatic. Courses in the sequence are delivered using a combination of face to face classroom meetings, online work, and online synchronous sessions during the semester.

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 contact the Vermont Agency of Education Licensing Office for a preliminary conversation about requirements for licensure based on individual circumstances.

All the courses in the sequence are upper level/graduate courses and are embedded in a strand of the UVM Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction. For those who may want to pursue an advanced degree, the courses can be combined with other education courses that will lead to the MEd. Contact the College of Education and Social Services for more information.

Specialization Description

This series of courses (online and on campus) allows you to gain licensure as school library media specialist. Content of the coursework addresses the essential competencies required by the State of Vermont. Upon completion of the two-year series, qualified individuals may request a transcript review by the Vermont Agency of Education.

While the sequence originated with practicing educators in mind, it is by no means aimed exclusively at teachers. For those who need to gain particular competencies, individual courses may be taken. For licensed school library media specialists, courses in the sequence may serve as an important resource for professional development or recertification credits.

Program of Study

EDLI 372
Managing School Library Media Centers

This course examines foundational principles and issues of school librarianship, such as
intellectual freedom, equity, and access. You will prepare for organizing and
operating a school library media center, with emphasis on the development of
policies and procedures, budget preparation, facility design, personnel
administration, and public relations with school and community. (FALL)

EDLI 373
Developing and Organizing School Library Media Center Collections

Explore fundamentalconcepts for developing and organizing School Library Media Center collections in
this course. Equity of access to information resources is a guiding principle
that drives collection development, and emphasis is placed on evaluation,
selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students, staff, and
other patrons in 21st Century schools. (SPRING)

EDLI 377
Information Technologies for School Library Media Centers

Through this course you will focus attention on the diverse aspects of using, promoting, and
planning for the effective integration of technology in contemporary school
library media centers. Explore four themes: becoming a competent and confident
user of technology, working in the technology-rich school library,
understanding and supporting learning through technology integration, and the
role of the school library media specialist as a technology leader in the
school. (SUMMER)

EDLI 376
Information Sources and Services for School Library Media Centers

This hybrid coursefocuses on the librarian’s roles in selecting print, non-print, and digital
reference materials for the library media center, both in traditional and
virtual collections, and also in providing reference services for the school
community. As information specialists, school library media specialists gather
resources for student centered learning that provide equity of access to a
variety of information. (FALL)

EDLI 374
Designing Instruction for School Library Media Centers

In this hybrid courseyou will examine the school librarian’s role as teacher and instructional
collaborator, with an emphasis on curriculum design, inquiry learning, and
information literacy standards as outlined in the AASL Standards for the 21st
Century Learner. (SPRING)

EDLI 200
Children’s and Young Adult Literature

This course isdesigned as a survey of the context and the literary merit of children’s (CH)
and young adult (YA) literature, that is, books written for and read by readers
from ages K-17. The focus will be on literature that is interesting, well
written, and diverse in its genre, format, characters, cultures represented,
and readers to whom it appeals. The class will emphasize two strands: reading
and teaching. (SUMMER)

Tuition

Tuition rates for the academic year are published online each semester on the Student Financial Services website.

Learn More Or Register

To learn more or register for Library Media courses, please visit the UVM Continuing and Distance Education web page.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more about the program and each course.

UVM GRADUATE COLLEGE

For prospective graduate students seeking application information, please visit the Graduate College web site.

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