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The School Library Media Program | Program Requirements | SLM Checklist |
Application for Certification | Application for a School Library Media Internship | Portfolio Requirements |
PRAXIS | Who to contact for more information | FAQs and Webinar

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The School Library Media Program

The USC School of Library and Information Science school library media preparation program is approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education and (as a member of the USC Professional Education Unit) accredited by NCATE. Students who complete the SLIS school media preparation program will be eligible for certification by the South Carolina Department of Education. Requirements for certification vary from state to state. Students who wish to qualify for certification in another state should contact the department of education in that state to inquire about certification requirements. Please make your SLIS advisor aware of any plans you may have to pursue school library media certification outside South Carolina.

The School Media Checklist outlines the requirements of the SLIS school media preparation program. Certified teachers are able to complete the MLIS degree and qualify for certification as a school library media specialist by completing the required 36 credit hours as outlined on the Checklist. Students who are not certified teachers must complete 15 additional credit hours as listed on the Checklist.

Beginning in the fall of 2009, a score of 151 on the PRAXIS II specialty area test for Library Media is a requirement for certification in South Carolina. Requirements vary from state to state. (Prior to the fall of 2008, the passing score was 620.) Some states may also require other parts of the PRAXIS series.

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Program Requirements

For Initial Certification:
Required courses for initial certification are:  SLIS 701, 702, 703, 705, 706, 707, 742, 761, 756, 757, 720, 794 (two internships), and four required education courses as outlined in the SLM Checklist for Certification.

For Advanced Certification:
For individuals who hold current classroom teaching certification, the required courses are:  SLIS 701, 702, 703, 705, 706, 707, 742, 761, 756, 757, 720, and 794 (one internship).

Capstone Courses
SLIS 720 and SLIS 794 are capstone or final courses. SLIS 720 is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for one 3-hour internship. Portfolios in progress are submitted once prior to enrollment in the capstone courses and during the final semester of the program.

SLM Checklist for Certification

To print out a copy, go to http://www.libsci.sc.edu/slm/SLMCertificationChecklist.pdf

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Application for Certification

For Initial Certification:
Certification application packets for initial certification must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina approximately one year in advance of an internship placement. Students who miss the deadlines and who have not been cleared by a FBI background check, cannot be placed in an internship.

Deadlines for submission are:
Spring semester interns -- deadline for certification application is November 1 of the preceding fall semester.
Fall semester interns -- deadline for certification application is April 15 of preceding spring semester.
Initial certification applications are available online at: http://www.ed.sc.edu/SA/MLISCert.pdf

For Advanced Certification:
All students who have been previously certified in South Carolina and are pursuing additional certification in school library media, must apply for Advanced certification in order to be recommended for certification. SLIS recommends that May graduates apply by March 1 and December graduates apply by October 1.
Advanced certification applications are available online at: http://www.ed.sc.edu/SA/MLISCert.pdf

For more information about applications for certification
Office of Student Affairs
Attention: Laura Aboyan
Certification & Assessment Administrator
College of Education, Wardlaw 113
820 S. Main Street Columbia, SC 29208
Telephone: (803)-777-3031 Fax: (803)-777-3068
E-mail: aboyan@mailbox.sc.edu

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Candidates who are currently certified as classroom teachers or who have successfully completed a semester of student teaching in a classroom setting prior to admission to the SLIS are required to complete one three-credit hour internship in a school library media center. Candidates seeking initial certification must complete two three-credit hour internships in two school library media centers, elementary and secondary, planned over two separate fall and spring semesters. Candidates who have worked in libraries as paraprofessionals, aides, graduate assistants, or school library media specialists without certification will not receive credit for an internship based on previous experience.  Candidates may not complete internships in schools where they are employed.

Internships are offered during fall and spring semesters. Students should notify the Coordinator of School Library Media Field Experiences at least one year prior to applying for an internship. Each three-credit hour internship requires a minimum of 135 hours working in a school library during the USC fall or spring semester, planned as two full days a week over 10-12 weeks. Internship dates and times are scheduled prior to the internship semester in coordination with the candidate, the cooperating school librarian who supervises the internship, and the SLIS faculty internship supervisor. In addition, candidates must complete activities and hands-on experiences as outlined by the faculty internship supervisor, attend at least one national or state-level professional conference (e.g. SCASL), visit other school libraries, and participate at onsites scheduled for SLIS 794. Fall internships usually begin the end of August and end the first of November with end of program portfolios due November 15th. Spring internships usually begin the middle of January and end the first of April with end of program portfolios due April 15th.

In addition to the certification application sent to the USC-COE Office of Student Affairs, a separate application for internship placement must be submitted to the SLIS Student Services Office. Internship application packets are available online.

Deadlines for submitting internship applications to the SLIS Student Services Office are:

March 1 for Fall internships
October 1 for Spring internships

Candidates applying for internships (SLIS 794) will be contacted by the Coordinator of School Library Media Field Experiences before placements are made in K-12 school library media centers. Placements for spring are made in November and December and placements for fall are made in April and May. Once placements are made, the SLIS Student Services Offices will register candidates for SLIS 794. Candidates should confirm their registration in SLIS 794 using VIP and pay fees before the deadline so that enrollment is not cancelled for non-payment.

Note - TB Test Requirement: Effective with the Fall 2014 semester all school library interns must provide documentation to Student Services of a negative TB test prior to the start of classes. If you have been exposed to TB in the past, you will need to contact your physician for appropriate documentation. If you live in the Columbia area, TB testing is available at the USC Student Health Center. You must make an appointment and it will take two days for results. Link to their information page: http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/

To print a copy of the School Library Media internship application packet, go to http://www.libsci.sc.edu/slm/slmInternshippacket.pdf 

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Portfolio Requirements

Successful completion of the End-of-Program Portfolio is a requirement for the master’s degree and successful completion of the school library media preparation program. Portfolios are submitted twice during the program of study. “Portfolios in Progress” are submitted prior to enrolling in the capstone courses (SLIS 720 and SLIS 794). Portfolios in Progress are due November 15th for enrollment in SLIS 720 in a spring semester and due July 15th for fall enrollment in SLIS 720.  End-of-Program Portfolios are submitted prior to graduation by April 15th for a May graduation and by November 15th for a December graduation. “Portfolios in Progress” contain five examples of competency – one for each of the program’s five areas (Learning Outcomes aligned with the South Carolina ADEPT standards for school librarians) with reflective writing. End-of-Program Portfolios build on the “Portfolios in Progress.”

“Portfolios in Progress” are submitted in Blackboard and on CD to the SLIS Student Services Office. Contact the Coordinator of School Library Media Field Experiences to be enrolled in the correct “Portfolios in Progress” section of Blackboard.

School Library Learning Outcomes (pdf))
School Library Portfolio Guidelines (pdf)
Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Basic Portfolio in Blackboard version 9.1 (pdf) - How to create your portfolio with Blackboard 9.1

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PRAXIS

Candidates who apply for certification in South Carolina are required to take the PRAXIS II specialty area test for Media Specialist/Library Science (0311). However, if there is any possibility of applying to other states, the candidate should contact those states to determine if other parts of the PRAXIS are required. PRAXIS scores should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs USC-College of Education (Code 5818) and the South Carolina Department of Education (Code 8108). Information concerning the PRAXIS II test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (http://www.ets.org). Beginning in the fall of 2009, a score of 151 on the PRAXIS II specialty area test for Library Media is a requirement for certification in South Carolina. (Prior to the fall of 2009, the passing score was 620.)

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CONTACT SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA FACULTY

Dr. Donna Shannon- dshannon@mailbox.sc.edu

Dr. Karen Gavigan - kgavigan@mailbox.sc.edu

Gerry Solomon - gsolomon@mailbox.sc.edu

 

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