Course of Study
School Library Media
The school library media program is selected by students who wish to work with young people in school libraries of public and private K-12 institutions. The Catholic University of America program is recognized by the states of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. This course of study is offered both as part of our Online & Weekend Learning (OWL) program and in traditional face to face format.
The course of study listed below has program accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the American Library Association (ALA).
The CUA School of Library and Information Science offers a variety of courses that focus on school library media services. Each student is required to take the four required core courses along with appropriate mid-level and advanced courses.
Note that very specific requirements must be fulfilled in order to receive the state-issued certificate, which is required to work in public school libraries. Because of this, it is vitally important that students pursuing this program of study stay in close contact with their advisor to ensure that their course work will fulfill state requirements. Students who lack valid teaching certificates should be aware that there is a high probability that they will be required to take some education courses, in addition to the courses listed below, to qualify for certification as a school media specialist.
Required core courses for all students are:
- LSC 551 Organization of Information
- LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
- LSC 555 Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
- LSC 557 Libraries and Information in Society
Students interested in receiving the school library certification are required to take the following electives:
- LSC 603: Technical Services
- LSC 606: Cataloging and Classification
- LSC 731: Media Integration in the Curriculum
- LSC 752: Design and Production of Multimedia
- LSC 835: The School Library Media Center
- LSC 848: Media for Children
- LSC 849: Media for Adolescents
- LSC 908: Practicum
LSC 908 School Library Media Practicum
The school library media practicum provides a unique opportunity for students interested in a career in K-12 librarianship to gain professional experience in a school library. For more information about this specialized practicum please visit the School Library Media Practicum site.
Organizations of interest to students in School Library Media Services
Professional associations are important sources of information about the profession, continuing education opportunities, scholarship support, and networking. Most have student membership rates. For further information contact:
- American Association of School Librarians a division of the American Library Association
- Catholic Library Association
- International Association of School Librarianship
- Virginia Education Media Association (VEMA)
- Maryland Educational Media Organization