This online 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. Thirty-six credits are taken in school library media and related content, one of which includes 150 hours of supervised field experience in a school library media center. In addition, the program requires the completion of three specific education courses to provide the necessary teacher education background for working in a school library.
The program focuses on developing the school library media specialist as a teacher, instructional partner, informational specialist and program administrator in grades preschool through 12. Principles of knowledge, understanding and application are addressed in every course and are assessed by professional application projects, field experiences, and case studies. The program follows the standards of the American Association of School Librarians. This alternate route certificate program is for candidates who do not have a NJ instructional certificate.
August 1st: Fall semesterDecember 1st: Spring semesterMay 1st: Summer semester*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470