Coursework for this certification area can be completed on the IU Bloomington or Indianapolis campus. Some coursework is available at other sites within the state of Indiana.
Students can call or email Kym Kramer, Director of the SLIS School Media Program for the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, with questions: 317.278.2093; tollfree: 866.758.6254; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must be admitted to the M.L.S. or M.I.S. degree program in order to complete coursework leading to school media certification. The professional position of school library media specialist requires a valid teaching license. Dr. Irwin can help advise students seeking certification in other states.
General questions regarding student teaching can be sent to (email@example.com). This email is answered by the School of Education staff, Bloomington campus.
Questions concerning specific courses necessary for obtaining a teaching license can be directed to Ms. Dorothy Slota, Certification Officer, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington campus (firstname.lastname@example.org).
General Information about this Certification
Emphasis in this area includes knowledge of a wide range of information sources and formats; selection and preparation of instructional plans and materials; promotion and use of quality literature for children and young adults; management of budgets, staff and automated information services; collaborative teaching and cooperation with community information agencies; understanding of facilities planning; and instructional design for emerging technological innovations in education. Individuals specializing in this area are educators, information managers and instructional designers.
Indiana library/media/technology certification will transfer to any state in the U.S. The student seeking certification in a state other than Indiana should contact the certification office in that state to be certain of meeting any additional teacher training requirements.
A student may enter a program leading to either the minor in school library services or the major in school media technology services after completion of a bachelor's degree and after meeting the requirements for an Indiana teaching license at either the elementary or secondary level. The bachelor's degree should include a minimum of 90 hours credit in liberal arts. At the secondary level, it is strongly recommended that the student have a teaching major in social studies, language arts, science or computer technology. Entry requirements for either certification program are the same as for those entering any master's level SLIS program. A student must submit an application for admission to a SLIS master's degree program before completing six credits in the School of Library and Information Science.
The program leading to certification as a school library/media specialist at Indiana University is approved by NCATE and the SLIS M.L.S. program is ALA-accredited. The program meets the requirements for Teachers of Library Media from the Indiana Professional Standards Board.
Nancy McGriff, School Library Media Specialist, South Central Schools, Union Mills, Indiana
Linda Mills, School Library Media Specialist, Greensburg Community Schools
Kym Kramer, Library Media Specialist, Fishback Creek Public Academy, Indianapolis