School Librarianship, MS

Our master's program in school librarianship, registered by the New York State Education Department, is authorized to recommend you for certification for the library media specialist, K–12 initial certificate. This fully online program focuses on preparing you to teach in a 21st century school library. All courses include the latest research-based, best practices occurring in the school library field. You will be exposed to strategies and techniques for teaching information literacy, based on new standards of practice as outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards and the Annual Professional Performance Review.

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Why School Librarianship at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • clinically-based teaching experiences that allow you to collect your own data to inform your teaching practice
  • creation of a digital portfolio to be shared with potential employers, as well as a video recording providing evidence of your instructional experience
  • exposure to a variety of strategies and techniques for teaching information literacy, based on new standards of practice as outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards and the Annual Professional Performance Review
  • learning how to participate in a collaborative culture where feedback is provided, including peer review of your teaching practices

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Science (MS)
Credits required for completion 39
Time to completion 4 full-time semesters 
Course delivery Online
Careers Pre-K–12 school library media centers
Practicum Days 40
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: May 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.