The Curriculum & Instruction Program

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School Library Media Studies Sequence

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Strand Description

A series of courses to help educators gain licensure as school library media specialists. The content of the coursework addresses the essential competencies required by the State of Vermont. Upon completion of the series, qualified individuals may request transcript analysis by the State Department of Education. Currently, licensure is not automatic.

While the sequence originated with practicing educators in mind, it is by no means aimed exclusively at teachers. For most educators who are already certified, the basic courses in the series will provide competencies leading to licensure. For those who are not currently certified educators, additional competencies will be required, which may be obtained through related coursework. A conversation with Judy Kaplan, the coordinator of the sequence, will help determine the extent of those requirements for each individual. For those who need to gain particular competencies, individual courses may be taken. For licensed school library media specialists, courses in the sequence may serve as an important resource for professional development or recertification credits.

Requisite Skills

Skills such as use of the internet, email, word processing, and knowledge of basic software are necessary. Students can receive support from the Continuing Education office in using the Blackboard on-line course format throughout the series of courses.

Application Information

There is no application process for the sequence. You simply need to register for a course when it is offered. Courses have enrollment limits, so we encourage you to enroll early. You should possess a bachelor’s degree to enroll in courses offered in the sequence.

You should also obtain preliminary evaluation of your educational and professional background from the Vermont Department of Education Licensing Office, 802-828-2445 or licensing@doe.state.vt.us. Early transcript analysis is encouraged so you can identify which required competencies you need to acquire. The licensing office website can be found at www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/maincert.html.

Integration with M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Program

Courses in the Library Media strand can be applied to the 30-credit Master of Education Curriculum & Instruction Program.  Students who wish to pursue this option should declare their intent early in their studies so they can receive proper advising. 

Questions specific to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Program can be directed to Maureen Neumann, Program Coordinator.  In addition, students interested in applying to the M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Program must apply for acceptance into the program through the Graduate College. Application materials can be obtained at http://www.uvm.edu/~gradcoll/  and are submitted electronically to the Graduate College. 

Questions regarding the library media sequence can be directed to Judy Kaplan at 802-656-0769 or Judith.Kaplan@uvm.edu.

For More Information Contact:

Judy Kaplan, M.A.
Program Coordinator School Library Media Studies Sequence

C&I Program Support

Continuing Education
802.656.2085 or 800.639.3210


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