School Media Certification

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science: School Media program is designed to enable students to meet the requirements to qualify for New York State Certification. Students may also be eligible for certification/licensure in states outside of New York, however, certification/licensure requirements differ from state to state. We encourage students to research the requirements specific to their resident state. Resources for each state's certification/licensing board can be found below: 

Program Requirements:

Students in the LIS: School Media program are required to meet the New York State requirements for certification in order to graduate, regardless of where they intend to practice. These requirements are defined by the New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Requirements for New York State certification include passage of New York State teacher exams, and completing six mandatory New York State workshops as well as training in Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (required by the Dignity for All Students Act). 

New York State certification additionally requires School Media students to complete 100 hours of non-credit bearing, on-site fieldwork comprised of 50 hours in each an elementary and a secondary setting, including 15 minimum hours working with students with special needs. These hours are to be completed between the time that a student has completed at least six credits within the program and the time that a student begins their practicum requirement. 

School Media students must also complete two on-site practicum experiences in Library Media centers at both the elementary (120 work hours) and secondary (120 work hours) levels. Students are required to spend a minimum of two full days a week at each site. Exceptions may be made depending upon a student living in a city where there are multiple schools or rural areas where another district is beyond a reasonable driving distance.  The practicum requirement may not be completed in a school district in which a student lives or works, where their spouse is employed, child is a current student, or where they own property and pay school taxes.