Library Media Specialist (within or post MSLIS)
Pratt's Library Media Specialist (LMS) Program with the MSLIS is accredited by New York State Regents and leads to New York State teacher certification in LMS. The LMS program is also available post master's to students holding an MLS from an ALA accredited program.
Who is this program designed for?
For people who have already completed a Master of Library Science degree and wish to return to school to complete the requirements for NYS teacher certification as Library Media Specialist (LMS).
Why participate in this program?
Through LMS program, you will earn New York State teacher certification in LMS. This rigorous and exciting program prepares MLS’s to work with any population of learners, especially youth. You will have the opportunity to learn both in the graduate classroom and in hands-on P–12 classroom settings, first as an observer and then as a student teacher.
Admission to the MSLIS/LMS Program requires:
Prior completion of a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA certified institute of higher education
Students considered for Pratt’s LMS program must fulfill the following criteria:
- Acceptance to SILS (f you received your MLS at Pratt SILS, you must reapply).
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Three exceptional recommendations
- GRE Score of 1150 or better, upon request
- Compliance with the New York State Liberal Arts requirement
The LMS program requires an application in addition to the SILS application. Students must fill out this application in person, following an interview with the LMS coordinator. The application consists of:
- Brief 2-page form
- Writing sample, to be completed on-site
- Interview with LMS coordinator
To arrange an interview, or for more information, email program coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for Completion of the MSLIS/LMS Program:
Full admission to program, as per requirements listed above
Required coursework (see below)
Required field hours and student teaching (see below)
Workshop in Child Abuse Identification
Workshop Fire and Violence Prevention
Fingerprinting, per New York City DOE and New York State
Passing scores on NYS Teacher Certification Examinations. For the most up to date information on required tests, see www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_viewobjs_opener.asp.
For students beginning in the Fall 2012, or later, an ePortfolio is required. For more information, see www.pratt.edu/academics/information_and_library_sciences/about_sils/sils_eportfolio. The official e-Portfolio website is eportfolio.pratt.edu.
Required LMS Courses
- LIS 648 - Library Media Centers (including 25 hours field observation)
- LIS 676 - Literature and Literacy for Children
- LIS 677 - Literature and Literacy for Young Adults
- LIS 680 - Instructional Technology
- LIS 690 - Student Teaching I - Grades 1–6 (20 full days in an approved New York City School Library)
- LIS 692 - Student Teaching II - Grades 7–12 (20 full days an approved New York City School Library)
- Total 18 credits in Library Media Specialist coursework
Required Fieldwork and Student Teaching
Please note that 100 hours of field observation are required. Observation must be supervised by an LMS or other professional in a school library or professional development setting. At least 15 hours of observation must occur in school libraries that serve students with special needs. Students are responsible for keeping a careful record of field observation hours and student teaching days.
Twenty full days of student teaching is required of all LMS students. Student teaching must take place in a school library with a cooperating LMS who has been certified as an LMS for at least three years. The LMS Coordinator must approve all student teaching placements. For more information, visit the SILS LMS website www.prattsils.org/lms/?page_id=12.
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Per the State of New York, all certified LMS must complete a liberal arts undergraduate course requirement, including the courses listed below. If you have not completed these courses in your undergraduate coursework, you may take courses during your tenure at Pratt toward compliance with this requirement. Courses need not be taken at Pratt Institute and should be completed at the student’s convenience before their last term in the LMS program.
If a student has many liberal arts requirements outstanding (i.e., more than 3), we strongly suggest you earn these credits before beginning your Masters work at Pratt.
For more detailed information and links to the specific NYSED requirements, visit the SILS LMS website www.prattsils.org/lms/?page_id=235.
Pedagogical Core of Education Courses
New York State requires a pedagogical core of education courses for all certified teachers. Pratt SILS offers several of these courses in cooperation with Art and Design Education (ADE).
- ED 608 The Roots of Urban Education — 3 credits
- ED 610 Child and Adolescent Development — 3 credits
- LIS 691 Serving Children and Youth with Disabilities — 3 credits
TOTAL: 9* credits of pedagogical core coursework IN ADDITION TO 36 credit MSLIS
*If you have a previous teaching certification, you may be eligible to waive up to six credits of pedagogical coursework (ED 608 and ED 610). For more information, please have the LMS Program Coordinator evaluate your transcript.
For more information contact:
Professor Jessica Hochman, PhD
Coordinator of the Library Media Specialist Programs
School of Information and Library Science
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Additional information on the LMS program can be found at www.prattsils.org/lms.
Advanced Certificate Requirements
Applicants for advanced certificates must hold a master's degree in library science or in a closely related field. The latter students as well as students holding their library degrees from international universities may, at the discretion of the dean, be required to take additional courses on the master's level. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 computer, 100 Internet) is required.