MS in Library & Information
Science with School Media
MS in Library and Information Science with School Media at the iSchool
For aspiring librarians who are deeply committed to teaching literacy and technology skills, and devoting their time in K-12 schools, our MS in Library and Information Science with a specialization in School Media (LIS: School Media) is the program of choice.
We took our Master’s in LIS and infused New York State Department of Education requirements into the curriculum. When Syracuse University-educated school media librarians graduate, they are ready to take certification exams and prepared to support students, educators, and school administrators alike.
Our LIS: School Media program is characterized by careful attention to personal and professional growth throughout the program. We make sure that you make timely progress on fieldwork and certification requirements to meet the high standards of New York State. Our governing council reviews competencies and course offerings on an annual basis to ensure that the iSchool is a leader in school media education.
We also offer our library science degree online. Learn more about iSchool@Syracuse Online.
Our LIS program has been accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928 and received continued accreditation in 2016 after its last review.
Two Unique Program Formats
The Flex Format offers the opportunity to study on-campus for your first year and online for your second year.
Learn more about School Media in the Flex Format.
The online format allows you to work toward your degree fully and completely online.
Get more information about iSchool@Syracuse Online.
The Flex Format gives LIS with School Media specialization students the best of both worlds: the flexibility to study online without sacrificing the experience of studying on-campus at Syracuse University.
For the first year of study, Flex Format students apply and are admitted into the MS in Library and Information Science Program. They take their core classes in an on-campus classroom setting. This gives School Media students the opportunity to build relationships with campus-based students, faculty, and staff, as well as take full advantage of on-campus resources, events, and networking opportunities.
Year two and beyond
At the end of the first year, Flex student are transferred into the MS in in Library and Information Science – School Media Specialization online program for the reminder of their program. In this year and beyond, students get to know their online classmates better and benefit from the flexibility of online classes.
The school media specialization requirements are outlined in the application checklist. Flex Format students must meet these additional requirements, which include a GRE exam, minimum undergraduate GPA, and a specific personal statement, prior to starting school media coursework.
The timeline for the Flex Format can be adjusted for part-time students.
If you're looking to learn on-campus, build strong in-person connections, and have the flexibility to study online, the Flex Format is for you.
What you will learn
Our LIS: School Media curriculum contains classes, practical experience, and comprehensive preparation for NYS certification exams so that you can be ready for a position –soon after graduation. You can read the specifics of our curriculum, learning outcomes, and additional NYS requirements below.
Our LIS: School Media degree program is 36 credits, and is typically completed within 2 years. The program prepares you for a career as a school librarian and incorporates preparation for New York Department of Education certification into the curriculum. Although our LIS: School Media curriculum has no electives, our curriculum gives you a balanced and rigorous school media education.
The 36 credits are distributed as follows:
- 3 credits in Introductory Courses
- 9 credits in Information Resources Courses
- 6 credits in Management and Policy Courses
- 15 credits in Required Coursework
- 100 hours of Fieldwork
- 3 credit School Media Practicum
- Additional School Media Requirements
By the time you complete the LIS: School Media program, you will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
Standard 1: Teaching for Learning
- Knowledge of learners and learning
- Effective and knowledgeable teacher
- Instructional partner
- Integration of modern skills and learning standards
Standard 2: Literacy and Reading
- Reading promotion
- Respect for diversity
- Literacy strategies
Standard 3: Information and Knowledge
- Efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior
- Access to information
- Information technology
- Research and knowledge creation
Standard 4: Advocacy and Leadership
- Networking with the library community
- Professional development
Standard 5: Program Management and Administration
- Professional Ethics
- Personnel, Funding, and Facilities
- Strategic Planning and Assessment
When you’re an LIS: School Media student, you will be required to fulfill the following requirements for NYS Certification. For the comprehensive guide to NYS certification and requirements for iSchool LIS School Media students, download the PDF.
Completion of Master of Science in Library and Information Science
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.
New York State Teachers Exams
- Educating All Students Test (EAS)
- Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
- Content Specialty Test for Library Media Specialists (CST)
Mandatory New York State Workshops
Students must complete six (6) New York State mandatory child safety workshops. These workshops are required for both in-state students and out-of-state students who are seeking certification in their home state.
- Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting
- School Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Fire & Arson Prevention
- Highway Safety & Traffic Regulations & School Safety Patrols
- Child Abduction Prevention
- Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Abuse
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
School Media students are required to complete six clock hours (at least 3 in person, with 3 online) of coursework or training in Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention.
Students are required to complete 100 hours of on-site supervised fieldwork experience. You may find more information on obtaining 100 hours of fieldwork through the School Media program on the School Media Curriculum page.
All School Media Students must be fingerprinted through Identogo.
By the end of your program, you must select and complete two practicum experiences in different Library Media Centers, one each at the elementary and secondary levels. A total of 120 work hours on-site must be completed for each practicum experience. Teachers with at least three years of
full timeteaching experience may omit the 120 hours in the grade level they work with most.
For complete information on the requirements for NYS certification as a school library media specialist, consult the New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives.
Information for non-NYS Residents
School media certification requirements for each state differ and are always changing. Although some graduates are planning to seek a school library media specialist position within New York State, others may be moving and will need to know the requirements in other states. You should contact your state's Department of Education for such information.
Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media
For those who have already earned an ALA accredited LIS degree, our Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Media is also available as a standalone program.
The CAS in School Media infuses iSchool classes with preparation for New York State Department of Education requirement so that those who already have an LIS degree can be fully prepared to take the required state exams.
When it comes to careers and alumni, the Syracuse University iSchool has an incredible professional network. We have a dedicated Career Center that specifically serves the needs of iSchool students.
LISSA, the Library and Information Science Student Association, serves as the ALA (American Library Association), SLA (Special Libraries Association), and NYLA (New York Library Association) student chapters, and helps iSchool LIS students connect with alumni and professional development opportunities.
Graduates of the MS in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization typically work within school districts. Graduates also choose to work in public, academic, or other library settings, such as museums, cultural, or academic organizations.
Syracuse University is located in the heart of New York State and our alumni have a strong network and presence throughout Central and Upstate New York.
Graduates of the MS in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization typically work within school districts.
- Arthur Tappan School
- Brighton Central School District
- Clarkston Independence District Library
- Denver Public Schools
- East Greenbush Central School District
- Holland Patent School District
- Lyme Central School District
- New York City Department of Education
- Red Hook Central Schools
- Sodus Central School District
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How to Apply
We offer admissions for fall and spring semesters.
Visit the Admissions page for information on application deadlines, tuition, and more.
Do you have everything you need to apply? Use our checklist to know that you’re ready to begin your application.
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