School Library Media

School Library Media

School Library Media Certification Program

The School Library Media program is a track within the 36-credit hour MLIS program, enabling students to earn the MLIS degree while qualifying for School Library Media Certification in Rhode Island and other states in the Interstate Certificate Compact (including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.) This program has earned the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) with national recognition by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and approval by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).


Program Coordinator

Mary Moen, Ph.D.
Harrington School of Communication and Media
Graduate School of Library & Information Studies
94 West Alumni Ave., Rodman 105
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-4654


Track: School Library Media

LSC 502 (3 credits) Lead, Manage, & Connect Lib Services
LSC 504 (3 credits) Searching for Answers; Meeting Users’ Information Needs
LSC 508 (3 credits) Introduction to Information Science and Technology*
LSC 557 (3 credits) Document, Assess, Evaluate
LSC 596 (9 credits) School Library Media Practicum and Seminar

LSC 520 (3 credits) School Library Media Services
LSC 527 (3 credits) Digital Information Literacy Instruction

Focus on Children and Youth
Select 1 from the list
LSC 530 (3 credits) Texts & E-Tools for Tots to Teens
LSC 531 (3 credits) Information Resources and Competencies for Youth

6 credits free electives
Total = 36 credits

*LSC 508 is required only for students beginning the program in Fall 2017 or later.

Teacher Certification Program

GSLIS offers a Teacher Certification Program (TCP) with a specialization in library media for graduates of an MLIS program, who would like to complete the additional requirements of the SLM degree for certification.Students must follow the same guidelines and application procedures as for the MLIS program above for provisional admittance to the TCP in school library media.

Students admitted into the TCP program are governed by the same academic standards as other GSLIS matriculated graduate students. Upon acceptance, the candidate must complete an official Program of Study in consultation with the coordinator of the School Library Media Program. The coordinator will analyze the student’s transcripts to determine which courses can be accepted and which courses are needed to complete the student’s credentials for the certification program. The number of additional courses needed to complete the TCP program will vary depending upon transcript analysis. However, to meet the standards of our Rhode Island State Approved Program in Library Media (K-12) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a student must have the URI courses listed for the School Library Media Program.

Once admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, the student is a provisional school library media candidate.

SLM Course Materials

  • Materials forthcoming.  Please, contact Dr. Mary Moen with requests.

Practicum and Student Teaching

LSC 596 Directory of participating practicum placement locations. This document is intended for quick reference.

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) requires 12 weeks of full time student teaching, six weeks at the elementary level and six weeks at the secondary level. This professional experience fulfills criteria for K-12 Library Media certification. The pre-practicum class, LSC 520, occurs in the fall semester of the final year of the program and the practicum class, LSC 596, a 9 credit course, is completed in the spring semester of the final year of the program.  

Practicum Mentors.  If you are a School Library Media Specialist with at least three years experience and are interested in being a practicum mentor, please review the criteria and email Mary Moen, at