Student Learning Outcomes
1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values - Develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education
2. Ethical Principles and Professional Norms - Act ethically and according to professional norms
3. Equity and Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - Strive for equity and inclusivity of educational opportunity, and culturally and linguistically responsive practices
4. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment - Design, deliver and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction and assessment
5. Community of Care and Support for Students - Cultivate an inclusive caring and supportive school community
6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel - Develop their personal professional capacity and practice to best support other school personnel
7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff - Foster development of a professional community of teachers and other professional staff
8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community - Engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways
9. Operations and Management - Manage resources and operations to promote each learner’s academic and/or professional success and well-being by creating an inviting environment, providing a flexible program, developing the collection, curating and organizing the resources, integrating digital and technology access, managing appropriate funding and encouraging critical thinking to create a community of lifelong learners
10. School Improvement - Act as agents of continuous improvement
11. Literacy and Reading - Promote reading for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment (and) are aware of major trends in children’s and young adult literature. They select reading materials in multiple formats to support reading for information, pleasure, and lifelong learning. They use a variety of strategies to reinforce classroom reading instruction to address the diverse needs and interests of all readers. Literacy takes many forms (EX: digital, information, cultural, etc.) that all rely on the foundational literacy of reading
12. Technology Competence - Integrate and effectively use current and emerging technologies for teaching and learning to support other school personnel
I. Core Courses (18 credits)
The following required courses provide a foundation in literature, media services instructional design, assessment and evaluation, teaching methods, reading support services, collaboration, information technologies in education, information literacy, and motivation.
II. Fieldwork (100 hours, 50 hours on each level)
School library media students must complete a total of 100 (non-credit) hours of fieldwork in elementary and secondary school libraries before their first practicum experience. A minimum of 15 hours must be with students with disabilities.
III. Practicum (3 credits)
Students must complete a 3-credit, on-site, school-based supervised practica-one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level (120 hours each).
IV. Additional Requirements
Students must complete the school media competencies checklist at the beginning of the program, after their second fieldwork experience, after their first practicum experience, and after all coursework, fieldwork and practica have been completed. This instrument is used as a means for documenting student growth and as a guide for fieldwork and practicum placement.
Upon completion of the School Library Media Program, combined with New York State requirements including (1) completion of the New York State child abuse, substance abuse, and violence prevention workshops; (2) the Child Health and Life Safety Prevention workshop (fire and arson prevention; highway safety and traffic regulations and school safety patrols; child abduction prevention; and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse)*; (3) fingerprinting; (4) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop*; and (5) successful completion of the appropriate New York State certification exams and edTPA, students will have fulfilled all the necessary requirements for certification as a school library media specialist in an elementary or secondary school in New York State. The School of Education, with approval from the School of Information Studies, will recommend a student for a New York State School Media Specialist initial certificate, preK-12, necessary for employment for New York State public schools and accepted for employment by most other states. Students from other states must verify the certification requirements of their own state.