MS in Library and Information Science: School Media

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science: School Media (LISSM) program at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) focuses on teaching Library and Information Science (LIS) students the skills to instruct children in grades pre-K through 12 in all areas of literacy and technology fluency.

As a graduate from the iSchool's Library and Information Science: School Media program you will not need to take additional education courses, as the New York State Department of Education requirements are infused into our curriculum.

Available On-campus | Online | Full-time | Part-time

If you already possess an accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent degree) and wish to be certified as a school librarian you are qualified to take the Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in School Media.

Courses & Curriculum

The Library and Information Science: School Media program requires completion of the 37-credit curriculum and completion of additional New York State certification requirements.

Because of the specific knowledge and skills required by school librarians, all courses in the program are required. There are no electives in the LISSM curriculum.

Overview (37 total credits)

  • 4 credits of introductory courses
  • 9 credits of information resources courses
  • 6 credits of management and policy courses
  • 15 credits of other required coursework
  • 100 hours of fieldwork
  • 3 credit school media practicum
  • Additional competencies checks and progress reviews

View Curriculum in Course Catalog

Are you a new teacher?

If you are a teacher who needs to complete a graduate degree within five years of receiving your initial certification, the Master of Science in Library and Information Science in School Media fulfills that requirement.

Already have a degree in Library and Information Science?

If you already possess an accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent degree) and wish to be certified as a school librarian you are qualified to take the Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in School Media.

Online and On Campus

The Library and Information Science: School Media program is offered online, on-campus, full-time, and part-time--or any mixture thereof.

All online Library and Information Science: School Media students, along with all other newly admitted online master’s students, begin their first year of study with a 7-day required summer residency on the Syracuse University campus in July.

Learn more about the Residency for Online Students

Application Requirements

Admissions requirements can be found on our application checklist.

The major components of the application are: the online application, academic transcripts, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, exam scores, resume or CV, and the $75 non-refundable application fee.

View Application Checklist

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found on our Admissions page.

MS programs at the iSchool only accept students for either a Fall start (campus students) or a Summer start (online students).

Those who apply before February 1, 2015, receive priority consideration for our merit-based scholarships and awards.

Certification Requirements

The completion of your MSLIS (or MLS) in School Media is required for NYS certification.

Candidates who already possess an MSLIS (or MLS) must complete the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in School Media.

Certification Details

Governing Council

The School Media Program Governing Council is an advisory group that meets once a year at the School of Information Studies. The council reviews and consults on the competency checklist, course offerings, and marketing strategies of the school media program.

 

Questions?

Email igrad@syr.edu.


 

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