Endorsement – School Library Media Specialist (Alternate Route)

Endorsement – Associate School Library Media Specialist (Alternate Route)

Degree Offered: Endorsement

Concentration: School Library Media Specialist (Alternate Route)


Application Deadline:

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)
December 1st Summer (May intake)


Program Description:

This program is designed to enable candidates who have a master’s degree in library science (MLS) or another master’s degree, but who do not have a New Jersey teaching certificate to become eligible for a certificate as a school library media specialist. The program requires the completion of 45 credits of specifically approved courses as listed below. Thirty-six credits are taken in school library media and related content, three of which include 150 hours of supervised field experience in a school library media center. In addition, the program requires the completion of three specific education courses as listed below to provide the necessary teacher education background for working in a school library. The program is managed and taught by school library professionals and focuses on developing the school library media specialist as a teacher, instructional partner, informational specialist, and program administrator in grades preschool through twelve. Principles of knowledge, understanding and application are addressed in every course and are accessed by professional application projects, field experiences, and case studies. The program follows the standards of the American Association of School Librarians. This alternate route endorsement program is for candidates who do not have a New Jersey instructional certificate.

Admission Requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.75 on 4.00 scale.
  • Master’s degree in related field (MLS).

Program Requirements:

  • 45 credits of graduate study.
Endorsement: School Library Media Specialist (Alternate Route)45 Credits
Education Courses 9 Credits
CISE 5200 Classroom Management 3
CIEE/CMAT 5110 Educational and Psychological Theories and Applications 3
CIEE 5120 Reading, Language Arts and Literature Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
CISE 6010 Teaching Strategies in Subject Fields 3
Concentration Core 24 Credits
ELLM 5130 Foundations of School Librarianship 3
ELLM 5140 Instructional Design 3
ELLM 5150 Technical Processes in School Library Media Centers 3
ELLM 5160 Technologies for Teaching and Learning in School Library Media Centers 3
ELLM 5170 Information Sources and Services 3
ELLM 6110 Management of the School Library Media Program 3
ELLM 6120 School Library Media Specialist Selects Literature for the School Age Child 3
ELLM 6210 Field Experiences in School Library Media Centers 3
Choose one of the following: 3 Credits
ELCL 6190 Applied Developmental Psychology 3
TBED 5420 Multiculturalism and Acculturation 3
Electives (Choose 3) 9 Credits
ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children's Literature 3
ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents 3
ELCL 6050 Educational Technology Foundations 3
ELCL 6110 Designing and Facilitating Technology-Integrated Learning 3
ELCL 6120 Assessing Educational Achievement with Technology 3
ELCL 6240 Technology-Mediated Learning 3
ELCL 6250 Leadership and Learning Technologies 3