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Master of Science 

Information Science School Library

Program of Study

About the Program

UAlbany’s ALA accredited Information Science School Library (ISSL) 36-credit fully online program leads to initial teaching certification as a library media specialist or to professional certification if candidates are initially certified. As per New York State Education Department’s guidelines ISSL students are eligible to be hired as full-time school librarians with either a 12-credit Supplementary Certificate (for those with teacher certification) or an 18-credit Internship Certificate (for those without teacher certification) as they work toward completing their ISSL Master’s degree. Additionally, all ISSL graduates are immediately eligible for licensure as public librarians upon graduation.

As an approved teacher preparation program with the New York State Education Department, there may be additional certification requirements. These requirements may include, but are not limited to additional workshops. Certification procedures and requirements are outlined on the School of Education’s Teacher Certification website (https://www.albany.edu/education/teacher_certification.php).

Program of Study

Available Courses

  • Teaching Fundamentals for School Libraries
  • Curriculum and Supportive Resources
  • School Libraries: Theory, Practice and Assessment
  • Administration of School Library Media Centers
  • Information Sources and Services
  • Creating Innovators: The Maker Movement
  • Literature for Children
  • Literature for Young Adults
  • The Information Environment
  • Information and Knowledge Organization
  • Research Methods
  • School Library Internships

See graduate bulletin for details.

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Required Field Experience

The following courses have a total of 100 hours of aligned field experience:

  • Teaching Fundamentals for School Libraries
  • School Libraries: Theory, Practice and Assessment
  • Curriculum and Supportive Resources
Two Required Internships

There are two university supervised internships in the program,

Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Not Available
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available


No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Rolling
Spring: Rolling
Summer: Rolling

Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts

All Schools Attended


Three Letters of Recommendation


Official GRE scores
If the applicant has previously earned a Master's degree, the GRE requirement can be waived. Please contact the department regarding a waiver.

Resume


Personal Statement
The personal statement must be a one page single-spaced essay (12 size font) addressing the following: Thinking back on the school librarians you have encountered during your education how has the role of the school librarian changed? How do you see yourself as part of that change?


Liberal Arts Checklist
All school library applicants are required to complete at least one 3-credit college level course in the following Liberal Arts subjects with a grade of C or higher: Artistic Expression, Communication, Information Retrieval, Humanities, Language other than English, Mathematics, Natural Science, Historical and Social Science, and Written Analysis/Expression. Additional information can be found at the following link: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do.

 

Special Notes

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.