School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

School Library Certification Program

Library Science Intern Option

(For Those Students Who Do Not Hold a Valid Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate)

If you do not hold a valid PA Instructional I or II teaching certificate, you should enroll in the Intern Option. Requirements of the Intern Option include:

This option will total 57 credits of graduate study and the practicum experience. Each student's transcripts will be evaluated for any coursework in education already completed. You should consult with the SLCP Director to determine how to fulfill any remaining education courses.

To earn an Instructional I teaching certificate in "Library Science, K-12," from PDE, you must successfully complete the requirements of the 57-credit SLCP (Intern) area of interest and pass the five required Praxis tests for Library Media Specialist with scores established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

You should plan on four terms of full-time study or up to five years of part-time study.

Course of Study

Required CORE courses:

Required SLCP courses:

One required Education course:

Practicum Requirement:

Recommended schedule for full-time students

Recommended schedule for part-time students

Practicum for Intern Option Students

The Intern option students must complete a six-credit practicum (LIS 2922) near the end of their MLIS program.

The practicum experience encompasses several types of learning experiences designed to help students apply and master competencies over the fifteen-week term:


To view the term in which a class is offered, please see the Projected Course Offerings.

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