Explore pathways to becoming an expert in school librarianship
SCHOOL LIBRARIANSHIP PATHWAYS @ THE UMD ISCHOOL
The UMD College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) offers two pathways for students to gain the qualifications and education needed to launch a career in school librarianship.
Prospective students can apply to the MLIS Program and complete the School Library Specialization. They will graduate with an ALA-accredited MLIS degree that qualifies them for jobs in the library and information science field as well as certification as a school librarian (library media specialist) in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and/or other states with comparable requirements.
Prospective students who already possess the following can complete additional course requirements as non-degree seeking students:
- A bachelor's degree (or higher) in Education OR valid teaching certificate;
- A master's degree in any field; AND
- Teaching experience (at least one full year) in an elementary or secondary school.
Prospective students who possess these qualifications should contact the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to request a transcript audit. MSDE will notify the prospective student of what coursework they should complete to become a certified school librarian in the State of Maryland. The prospective student should then apply to the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student and complete the coursework as mandated by the MSDE. Please refer to the Non-Degree Seeking Student Checklist and Non-Degree Admissions FAQ for more information.
If you have questions about taking classes within the College of Information Studies, please contact Nicole Pietrucha (firstname.lastname@example.org).
View state and national standards at the State of Maryland’s School Library Media Program website.
To request a transcript evaluation or ask specific questions about the process for earning certification, contact MSDE’s Certification Call Center: 410-767-0412.
More About the UMD iSchool School Librarianship (CSL) Certificate for Currently Enrolled Students
The certificate will prepare students with a theoretical and research-based foundation in the historical and contemporary issues influencing the development of the field of information studies and school libraries and enable them to fulfill the roles of the contemporary school librarian. All courses will be offered online using the University’s learning management system, Canvas. Because these courses track to the state requirements for certifications, no courses can be waived or substituted. Certificates students may be able to complete the required courses in as few as four semesters; however, students may have as long as five years from the date of first enrollment to complete the requirements.
- INST 650: Facilitating Youth Learning in Formal and Informal Environments
The historical, organizational, and contemporary contexts of formal and informal learning spaces; the principles of teaching, learning, and information literacy that underlie the formal and informal learning spaces; and the leadership role that information professionals can play within their schools, libraries and communities.
- INST 651: Promoting Rich Learning with Technology
Exploration of how technology can be used to promote rich learning experiences, with a particular focus on youth populations. Assessment of how, when, and why of infusing technology into the teaching and learning process.
- LBSC 641: Selecting and Evaluating Resources for Learning
Policies and procedures for collection development, including identifying, evaluating, acquiring, providing, and promoting resources in all formats, to support learning and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
- LBSC 645: Literature and Materials for Children
Survey of literature and other materials for children and youth. Criteria for evaluating and using such materials as they relate to the needs, interests, reading abilities, and other capabilities of young readers.
- LBSC 646: Literature and Materials for Young Adults
Survey of literature and other materials for older children and adolescents. Criteria for evaluating and using such materials as they relate to the needs, interests, reading abilities, and other capabilities of young readers.
- LBSC 741: Seminar in School Library Administration
Development, management, and evaluation of school library programs at all levels.
- LBSC 742: Collaborative Instructional Design and Evaluation
School librarians' collaborative role in instruction. Systematic design, development, and evaluation of instructional strategies and products for learning.
- LBSC671: Creating Information Infrastructures
Foundations of acquiring and managing collections; information structures, indexing and discovery systems needed by information professionals. An introduction to the theoretical concepts, trends, systems, and technologies central to the information field.
The following table represents the iSchool's anticipated schedule of courses for this program. Course schedules are subject to change based upon instructor availability, student demand, and the scheduling office.
The following list represents the specific criteria for admission to the certificate program, based upon the admissions criteria for the Graduate School and the iSchool at the University of Maryland.
Graduate School Requirements
- The Graduate School requires as a minimum standard an average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university.
- The TOEFL is required of international applicants who are not native speakers of English.
- Applicants must have a master's degree, and either a degree in education or a teaching certification
- Current resume or CV
- An essay of no more than 500 words that provides answers to the following questions:
- What does it mean be an excellent school librarian?
- What skills do you need to learn to be an excellent school librarian?
- Three letters of recommendation
- Completion of the following forms:
Admission to the School Library Certificate program is currently closed. Please check back for updates.
Students admitted into the certificate program are eligible for in-state, graduate tuition. UMD tuition and fees.