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We need you! Here are some local and online library science and school media training programs to explore.

Master's in Library Science or equivalent
  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
    SCSU has developed a new Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, which has been granted precandidacy status by ALA. Enrollment is open.
  • University of Rhode Island GSLIS, Kingston, RI
    URI offers a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree, with optional tracks in Digital Media, Community Leadership, or School Library Media (see below).
  • Simmons College GSLIS West, South Hadley, MA (click "SLIS West Campus")
    Fewer courses are offered at the South Hadley site than at Simmons' main campus in Boston, but it IS possible to complete the entire program at GSLIS West depending on your specialty.
  • Online-only programs - Get your degree from across the country by completing your courses entirely online. Visit ALA's Searchable Database of ALA-Accredited Programs and check the box for "100% online program available" to see a current list of accredited programs.
CT Certification as a School Library Media Specialist
  • Southern Connecticut State University School Library Media Programs
    SCSU offers preparation for teachers seeking cross endorsement as school library media specialists, as well as those seeking initial teaching licenses in Connecticut. Both programs are offered as stand-alone specializations, and well as a concentration within SCSU's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.
  • Fairfield University
    For currently certified teachers, Fairfield offers an M.A. in Educational Technology, with the option of cross-endorsement in School Library Media.
  • University of Rhode Island School Library Media Certification Program
    The School Library Media program is a track within the 36-credit hour MLIS program, enabling students to earn the MLIS degree while qualifying for School Library Media Certification in Rhode Island and other states, including Connecticut.
  • Alternate Route to Certification for Teachers to Become Library Media Specialists (ARCLMS)
    A program for CT certified teachers to obtain a cross-endorsement in Library Media for grades K-12. Classes are offered to coincide with teachers' schedules, with most of the instruction taking place in the summer. Both collaborative face-to-face and eLearning models are offered.
Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate Programs

These certificate programs are intended to enhance the skills of para-professionals currently working in libraries and to introduce library service to those wishing to enter the field. The mission is to prepare paraprofessionals for all aspects of library work, with particular emphasis on technology related aspects of the field.


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