School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

School Library Certification Program

Curriculum & Competencies

The curriculum of the School Library Certification Program (SLCP) is competency-based and engages students in active learning experiences in collaboration with practitioners to develop, apply, and master the competencies established in Guidelines for Library Science, K-12, by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 2001.

The curriculum is based on the concepts outlined in "Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning", national guidelines developed in 1998 by the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology. In 2003, the American Association of School Librarians approved "Standards for Initial Programs for School Library Media Specialist Preparation" that has also been incorporated into the curriculum. These standards have been approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The AASL Standards identify four areas of competencies for school library media candidates, which are features of our SLCP curriculum:

Use of Information and Ideas

Teaching and Learning

Collaboration and Leadership

Program Administration

Here at the iSchool, students develop competencies under the guidance of skilled and experienced practitioners, who contribute a necessary component of "real-life best practices."

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Strong Foundation

The blend of theory and application at the iSchool distinguishes its graduates in the job market, giving them a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.