M.S. in School Librarianship
The M.S. in School Librarianship program seeks to educate candidates who are outstanding teachers, instructional leaders and administrators of quality school libraries. As enthusiastic readers and technology users, SLM candidates model lifelong learning for their school communities.
The comprehensive program offers courses in literature for children and young adults, technology, information literacy skills, selecting quality materials that meet the needs of diverse learners, administrating a school library which provides access for all, and a significant practicum experience.
Candidates endorse the mission statement found in the 2009 American Association of School Librarians' Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs which states: “The mission of the school library media center is to ensure that staff and students are effective users of ideas and information. The school librarian empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.”
• AASL/NCATE nationally accredited and recognized program.
• Meets certification requirements of Maryland State Department of Education as a Library Media Specialist and is recognized by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.
• Field assignments provide opportunities to apply theory in real-world settings.
• Fosters close working relationships with knowledgeable faculty.
• Empowers candidates to become lifelong learners and reflective practitioners.
• Offers convenient schedules to fit your busy schedule including online offerings and evening face-to-face.
• Accreditations ensure that the degree you earn is highly recognized and the content you receive aligns with rigorous standards.
• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.
• Small class size and individual attention promotes high levels of interaction between faculty and students and networking with peers and professionals.
• Highly competitive tuition.
• Completed application for graduate study
• Submit the non-refundable application fee
• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
• Three letters of recommendation, advisor approved
• Acceptable test scores on Praxis I
• Copy of initial teaching certificate**
*Students not meeting this criterion may be admitted to the program on a conditional basis. Matriculation status will be reviewed upon completion of the three courses required for matriculation.
**Candidates not holding teaching certification must take a minimum of 12 hours in education at the undergraduate or graduate level.
• Meet all admission requirements.
• Complete first three courses in this order: SLM 503, SLM 509, and SLM 506 with a 3.0 GPA or better.
• 37 semester hours
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Professional digital portfolio
• 110-hour internship in a school library
Career Opportunities for Graduates
Candidates currently fulfill positions as:
• School Library Media Specialists within K-12 public school settings
• School Library Media Specialists within K-12 private school settings
• Building Level Administrators
• Building Level Webmasters
• College Level Instructors
• Information Technology Specialists within K-12 public school settings
• District Library Media Supervisors
• Writers of professional books and articles
Fall Semester – August 1
Spring Semester – December 15
Summer Sessions – May 1
1. In what order should I take courses?
Although there is not a rigid course sequence, students are advised to take particular courses at certain times. Your first course should be SLM:503 Literature for Children, taught by the coordinator. Two other courses that are excellent for beginning students are: SLM:509 Instructional Collaboration and SLM:506 Selection & Use. Your last two courses should be SLM:550 Professional Portfolio and your internship.
2. What does the internship involve?
Your internship should be completed during your last semester. You will spend a minimum of 110 hours (3 weeks) in a school library. If you do not have successful teaching experience, you will spend additional time in the school library. You may request a particular school, but the final decision rests with the McDaniel College internship supervisor and the school district supervisor. If you work full time, it's a good idea to begin thinking now of ways that you can complete the three-week internship.
3. What is the Professional Portfolio?
SLM 550: Professional Portfolio is designed to showcase everything the candidate has learned throughout the SLM program. Candidates organize their portfolio according to the AASL four professional standards, selecting previous class assignments that best represent the standards.