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School Librarianship, M.S.

McDaniel’s Master’s in School Librarianship (SLM) is a highly respected, nationally ranked, and fully accredited program that equips outstanding teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators of school library centers.

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About the Program

The online SLM at McDaniel was designed for educators who are ready to take the next step in their careers. 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

Upcoming Online Information Sessions

Mar 18

Online Information Session

7:00 p.m.

Join Program Coordinator Mona Kerby  to learn more about the program. Register here. 

Why McDaniel for School Librarianship

We’ve designed our program to ensure it meets your career and life needs.

  • Certification. The SLM meets Maryland State Department of Education requirements for certification as a Library Media Specialist and is recognized by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.
  • Convenience. The program is offered 100% online.
  • Experience that counts. The required practicum places you in a school library where you can apply your coursework in a real-world setting.

Requirements for an M.S. in School Librarianship Degree

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Application for graduate study 
  • Official transcripts conferring bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution
  • Current and valid teaching certificate such as Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary or related fields; OR MSDE qualifying scores for the Praxis Core Exam, SAT, GRE, or ACT
  • An essay of approximately 250 words describing the applicant’s professional goals as they relate to the SLM professional roles as leader, teacher, and information specialist as identified by the American Association of School Librarians
  • Three completed reference forms with at least one from the applicant’s principal

Degree Requirements

  • 37 semester hours
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Professional digital portfolio
  • 99-hour internship in a school library

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Scholarships will be awarded from $1,000 to a value of up to full tuition annually through the Carolyn D. McGolerick Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship Opportunity Scholarship named for alumna now available for McDaniel Graduate students pursuing a Master’s in School Librarianship

The Carolyn D. McGolerick Scholarship is now available for McDaniel College graduate students pursuing a School Librarianship master’s degree in partnership with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The scholarship is named for a 1971 McDaniel (formerly Western Maryland) College alumna, Carolyn D. McGolerick, who served as a librarian at Fort Detrick and at St. John’s School in Emmitsburg, Md.

Special Opportunities

Student reading to a classroom full of elementary school children.

Guaranteed Experience

All SLM students complete a 99-hour (3-week) internship in a school library getting hands-on, real-world experience.

Certification and Reputation

McDaniel’s SLM program is respected, highly ranked and accredited.

  • Master’s degree is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Department of Education is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Master’s degree is a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved program leading to certification as a Maryland Library Media Specialist.

When I think of a quality preparation program for school librarians, McDaniel without a doubt tops the list. As a graduate of the program I can attest to the fact that the assignments I completed throughout the program were thoughtfully designed to ensure that each one was purposeful and applicable to the job in the real world. The librarians I work with who have also been through the program are some of the most highly qualified school librarians I know. They are knowledgeable, dedicated, unafraid of asking questions, and willing to grow and take risks in order to do what’s best for their students. There are tons of library programs out there, but it is the fact that McDaniel focuses in on the school library side of things that makes it so unique. McDaniel strives to instill a passion for the profession in its students.

—Dedra Van Gelder, ’07 Instructional Specialist-Library Media, Charles County

Advancing Your Career

The SLM program prepares candidates to become PK–12 instructional leaders, information specialists, and outstanding library administrators. Graduates of the program have gone on to fill a variety of professional roles, including:

  • School Library Media Specialists within K-12 public and private school settings
  • District Library Media Supervisors
  • Building Level Webmasters
  • Presenters at state and national conferences
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Spotlight Profile Alumni Spotlight Matthew Winner M.S. ’09

Known as a national leader in school librarianship, Matthew Winner M.S. ’09 works as a library media specialist for Howard County Public Schools at Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Elkridge, MD. The graduate of McDaniel’s school librarianship program was honored as a White House Champion of Change and among Library Journal’s “Movers and Shakers: People Shaping the Future of Libraries” in 2013. An active blogger, he maintains “The Busy Librarian” and “Let’s Get Busy” podcast, as well as the “All the Wonders” website, and is co-author of “Teach Math with the Wii.” He is also represented by Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency specializing in children’s books