Library Media Specialist (MSLIS with LMS)
A Collaborative Teacher Education Program with Pratt's Department of Art and Design Education.
Earn an MSLIS with New York State Teacher Certification in LMS. Become a School librarian versed in using new media and digital tools creatively, and in teaching literacy and learning in the digital age to P–12 school children.
What we do
The Library Media Specialist program prepares students for New York State teacher certification in the area of Library Media Specialist (LMS). While we focus on preparing school librarians to work in the New York City public schools, our graduates are placed in a variety of educational settings. Many SILS LMS alums are working as school librarians in both public and private schools in the New York metropolitan area and across the Tri-State Area, in public libraries serving children and youth, in educational publishing, and curriculum design and development.
Who we are
Library Media Specialists are at the forefront of nurturing student learning and information literacy. The LMS manages the library program, which we view as a hub for the school learning community where P-12 pupils can find resources to support research, pleasure reading, technology use, and inquiry toward lifelong learning. LMS are instructional partners, teachers, information specialists, and program administrators. Our LMS Program explores a variety of literacies, from reading and writing skills to technological savvy, and our students create lesson plans and programs that support P-12 pupils to develop 21st century skills.
Student options for certification:
Students matriculated in the MSLIS degree program can apply to participate in the LMS Program as their 36-credit degree. Students who have already completed their MSLIS degree and wish to complete the LMS track can apply for the Advanced Certificate in LMS. Please note that any SILS student may register for most LMS Courses if they have met the necessary pre-requisites.
Admission to LMS
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 (details below)
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 email@example.com.
Library Media Specialist Concentration Requirements
- Pedagogical Core in Education (see below)
- Liberal Arts and Science Requirement as per NYSED. Students who are deficit in this area may be provisionally accepted into the program and will be required to take undergraduate level coursework at a certified institution of higher education and present transcripts of successful completion to fulfill this requirement (see below)
- Required coursework (see below)
- Required field hours and student teaching (see below)
- Workshops in Child Abuse Identification, Life Safety and Violence Prevention, and Dignity for All Students (see www.prattsils.org/lms/?page_id=34 for details)
- 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.
Required Coursework For Completion of MSLIS LMS Track
Core Courses in LIS
- LIS 651 - Introduction to Information Professions (includes 3 hours of field observation in a school library media center) — 3 credits
- LIS 652 - Information Services and Resources (includes 6 hours of field observation in a school library media center) — 3 credits
- LIS 653 - Knowledge Organization (includes 3 hours of field observation in a school library media center) — 3 credits
- LIS 654 - Information Technologies (includes 3 hours of field observation in a school library media center) — 3 credits
Required Courses in Library Media Specialist
- LIS 648 - Library Media Centers (includes approximately 21.25 hrs. field observation in a school library media center)
- 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 NYC)
- LIS 692 - Student Teaching II - Grades 7–12 (20 full days in NYC)
Two electives - 3 credits each/total 6 credits
TOTAL 36 credits in Library and Information Science coursework
Required Field Observations and Student Teaching
100 hours of field observation in school library media centers plus 40 full days of student teaching are required (20 elementary and 20 secondary). Student teaching is conducted in the fall or spring terms in New York City under the supervision of certified school library media specialists. At least 15 hours of fieldwork must be conducted in a school library that serves students with special needs. Field hours and student teaching must be completed, documented, and submitted to the Coordinator in order to graduate. For more information, visit the SILS LMS website at www.prattsils.org/lms/?page_id=12.
Liberal Arts and Science
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 at www.prattsils.org/lms/?page_id=235.
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 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.
Students interested in a Library Media Specialist concentration should contact
Professor Jessica Hochman, PhD
Library Media Specialist Coordinator
School of Information & Library Science
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Additional information on the LMS program can be found at www.prattsils.org/lms.
Educational Technology - Visual Culture and Literacy - are at the Heart of our Program.