School Media Certification


for Connecticut Initial Educator Certification and Connecticut Cross-Endorsement

Program Coordinator - Dr. Gayle Bogel

Connecticut School Media Initial Educator Certification
This program is designed for students not currently certified in Connecticut who wish to qualify for Connecticut Initial Educator Certification as a School Library Media Specialist. Thirty (30) credits in library science are required; additional courses in professional education and field experiences including a semester of student teaching are required for a combined minimum total of 45 credits.  (Please refer to the section entitled "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the beginning of the Graduate Catalog under "Application and Admission" for additional information regarding acceptance to a certification program, PRAXIS examination, and student teaching.)

Connecticut School Media Cross-Endorsement 
This program is designed for students who are currently certified in Connecticut in another area and who wish to qualify for Connecticut Cross-Endorsement as a School Library Media Specialist. Thirty (30) credits in library science are required. 

The school library media specialist program is designed to lead to Connecticut Initial Educator Certification or Cross-Endorsement in school library media. This program does not currently have an option that leads to a master's degree. 

school media ADMISSIONS

NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2011, the School of Graduate Studies (GS) will become the central location for nearly all graduate admissions materials. On that date, the Graduate School office will receive all admissions materials for all non-certification graduate programs in ILS.

Admissions materials include, but are not limited to, transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay/personal statement, resume.


Connecticut School Library Media Specialist Initial Educator Certification, Connecticut Cross-Endorsement: rolling admissions


[Note: All applicants to the school media certification program (Initial Educator, cross-endorsement) must meet admission requirements for the School of Education's teacher certification programs.]

Acceptance to the graduate school media programs requires review by two offices: School of Graduate Studies and Department of Information and Library Science. Students, however, submit all materials to the School of Graduate Studies; complete applications will then be forwarded to the department for review.

Submit the following to the School of Graduate Studies:

Application materials should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven CT 06515. After all application materials are received, the Graduate School will forward complete application files to the Department Graduate Admissions Committee for review. At that time applicants for Initial Educator certification will be contacted for a personal interview; the interview will be part of the application and consideration. Following review of all application materials and interviews, the Department Graduate Admissions Committee will forward its recommendations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Letters of final decision will be mailed to applicants from the Office of the School of Graduate Studies. . 

programs of study

Initial Educator Certification coursework includes but is not limited to:
ILS 511 - Materials and Services for Children
 in Grades PK-6
ILS 512 - Materials and Services for Young Adults in Grades 7-12
ILS 562 - Management of School Library Media Centers

EDU 566 - Media Utilization and Curriculum

EDF 520 Child in American Culture* 
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology*
SED 481/482 - Teaching Exceptional Children: Elementary/Secondary*
ILS 581 - School Media Practice

        *approved courses meeting this requirement are available at many of Connecticut's community colleges as well as other four-year colleges and universities in the state. 

Cross-Endorsement coursework includes but is not limited to:
ILS 511 - Materials and Services for Children
 in Grades PK-6
ILS 512 - Materials and Services for Young Adults in Grades 7-12
ILS 562 - Management of School Library Media Centers

EDU 566 - Media Utilization and Curriculum

Official Planned Program of Study 
Before an accepted student can be matriculated into the School Media program, a Planned Program of Study must be completed and approved (signed) by the advisor, department chairperson, School of Education, and Graduate School. Once the Planned Program is approved, any changed must be approved through the academic advisor. All approved changes will be recorded on a Final Planned Program of Study and submitted by the department to the Graduate School during the student's final semester in the program. 

Student teaching (for students in the Initial Educator Certification program)  

Student teaching (6 credits) in the School Media Center is undertaken in the last semester of study. No more than 3 credits of coursework should remain for certification during the semester of student teaching.

The application process for ILS 581 School Library Media Student Teaching/Practicum is completed in Tk20. Questions about the process should be directed to Dr. Angela Todaro, Director, Office of Clinical Field Experiences & School of Education Student Services at or 203-292-5906 or Davis Hall, room 110. 

For school media, the student teaching experience is a semester long and consists of two placements: one in an elementary school and one in a secondary school, at least one of which is in an urban environment.

Prospective student teachers are strongly urged to review the Student Teaching Handbook well before applying for student teaching placement.  

TK20 Requirement

Tk20 was adopted by the School of Education as a tool for documenting evidence for NCATE accreditation. 

All students in a certification program are to have Tk20 accounts. Information on obtaining a Tk20 account is available at:  

Continuous Enrollment, Satisfactory Progression, and Performance Assessment

Continuous Enrollment requires that every graduate student maintain at least six credits toward his or her degree program every calendar year (a minimum of three credits in the fall and spring terms respectively) from the time of acceptance by the School of Graduate Studies until completion of all requirements for the graduate degree. Students must register for a course each semester or pay a continuous enrollment fee. Payment of the continuous enrollment fee permits use of the library, computer facilities, and access to faculty advisors during the period covered by the continuous enrollment fee. Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment status may lose their status as a matriculated student and may need to reapply to the program.

Continuation in any of the department's graduate programs is contingent upon ongoing positive faculty evaluation of a graduate student's grades, professional or scholarly attributes, performance in real or simulated professional situations, and subjective appraisal of the student's progress and potential. A student may be suspended or dismissed from a graduate program for deficiencies in any of these areas. If, in the professional judgment of the faculty, a student demonstrates practices that are harmful to patrons, unethical, or behaves unprofessionally, he or she will be placed on probation or requested to withdraw from the program.

School Media students must maintain good standing in the program in order to qualify for student teaching and a recommendation from Southern Connecticut State University for State of Connecticut teacher certification. They also must demonstrate the following:


available to school librarians (ALA Webinar)

Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC)

The Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) "is a student organization that is committed to "advancing our agenda for excellence" set by Southern Connecticut State University's School of Graduate Studies. It supports activities that enhance the academic, social and cultural experience of Southern's students through the distribution of the activity fees collected from full-time graduate students. The funds support a variety of graduate student activities including student research and conference attendance as well as university and departmental efforts such as guest lecturers, club events, and special events. GSAC also functions as an advocacy group, representing the needs of Southern's graduate student body."

"The Graduate Student Affairs Committee meets on the first Monday of every month of the academic year with the exceptions of January and September. Meetings are held from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the Adanti Student Center. All graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend. For more information please contact the GSAC Coordinator, Arlene Lucibello at (203) 392-6165." 


ILS 2013-2014 Student Handbook [pdf] 

The School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496.  This accreditation covers initial certification preparation program in school media in the State of Connecticut (Connecticut School Media is a K12 certification). NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. 


Last updated: January 13, 2015