CAS in School Media

Distinctive Features

  • This program is specifically for people who already possess an ALA-accredited master's degree in library and information science and want certification as a school library media specialist.
  • New York State Department of Education requirements are infused into our curriculum so there are no additional courses to receive certification. You’ll also receive advising and guidance to ensure you complete all the requirements. 
  • Opportunities to work with the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL). Current projects include S.O.S. for Information Literacy, a six-year project dedicated to improving the teaching of information literacy and research skills at both the K-12 and college levels.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Media at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) is a 21-credit certificate program for those who already possess an accredited master's degree in library and information science and want certification as a school library media specialist.

Students must first undergo a thorough review of their graduate library science degree transcript to determine if the core graduate and undergraduate course requirements have been fulfilled. If all requirements have not been met, additional courses will be required.

Courses & Curriculum

Overview (21 total credits)

  • 18 credits core courses
  • 100 hours fieldwork
  • 3 credit practicum
  • Additional competencies checks and progress reviews
  • Successful completion of New York State requirements and certification exams

View Curriculum in Course Catalog

Application Requirements

Admissions requirements can be found on our application checklist.

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

Application Deadlines

CAS in School Media candidates may apply year-round for enrollment starting in any term (summer, fall, and spring).

See our Admissions page for specific application deadlines.



For more admissions and curriculum information, please use our online information request form.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information view the current gainful employment report.