Please note we are currently not accepting students for the Library Media Specialist program (MSLIS with LMS).

Pratt School of Information students at work in the classroom

Earn New York State teacher certification in the area of Library Media Specialist and support student learning in a variety of contexts. Includes the MSLIS degree with an emphasis on critical literacy and culturally relevant pedagogy.

The Library Media Specialist (LMS) program prepares individuals to support student learning in a variety of contexts, including public and private P-12 schools, public libraries youth services and educational programs, museums, and educational publishing.

As part of the Pratt Institute Teacher Education Program, the LMS program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) “approved teacher education program.” 

The program partners with the New York City Department of Education, independent schools, public libraries, and cultural institutions to provide students with multiple experiences engaging with youth in community collaborations. Through fieldwork and reflection, coursework, and collaborative teaching, the LMS program emphasizes critical literacy and culturally relevant pedagogy and prepares students for the teaching, leadership, and administrative roles that school librarians play. 

Degree Requirements

The LMS program is a 45-credit program that includes the 36-credit Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree plus all New York State teacher certification requirements (pedagogical core courses, workshops, and preparation for certification exams, including edTPA.

Required Courses (13 courses, 39 credits)

Foundation (1 course, 3 credits)
LIS 651 Information Professions

MSLIS Core (3 courses, 9 credits)
LIS 652 Information Services & Sources
LIS 653 Knowledge Organization
LIS 654 Information Technologies*

*LIS 654 is required but may be waived for students with have sufficient technical knowledge and/or experience; for more information please visit the Information Technologies course waiver page.

LMS Core (6 courses, 18 credits)
LIS 648 Leadership for School Libraries (includes approximately 21.25 hours field observation in a school library media center)
LIS 678 Building Youth Community & Collections
LIS 671 Teen & Tween Media Literacy
LIS 680 Instructional Technology
LIS 690 Teaching & Learning, p-12, 3-6 credits (20 full semester days in NYC)

*For students beginning their program fall 2016, two LMS required courses have been updated: LIS 676 Literature & Literacy for Children and LIS 677 Literature for Young Adults are replaced with LIS 671 Teen & Tween Media Literacy and LIS 678 Building Youth Community and Collections, respectively. These courses cover literature and literacy in a contemporary context to meet the needs of youth literacy and learning in the digital world. 

Pedagogical Core in Education (3 courses, 9 credits*)
New York State requires a pedagogical core of education courses for all certified teachers. Pratt’s Teacher Education Program offers the following relevant courses:

ED 608 The Roots of Urban Education
ED 610 Child & Adolescent Development
LIS 691 Serving Children & Youth with Disabilities

*If you have a previous teaching certification, you may be eligible to waive 3-9 credits of the pedagogical core. For more information, please have the LMS Program Coordinator (listed below) evaluate your transcript.

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

LMS students may take any School of Information courses as electives. Particularly relevant choices include:

LIS 644 Usability Theory & Practice
LIS 673 Literacy & Outreach
LIS 681 Community Building & Engagement
LIS 691 Serving Students with Disabilities

Field Observations and Student Teaching

NYSED requires 100 hours of field observation in school library media centers plus 40 full days of student teaching (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 and students must visit at least eight different schools. The program provides templates for documenting field observation and student teaching hours.

New York State Liberal Arts and Science Requirement

Per NYSED, all certified LMS must complete a liberal arts undergraduate course requirement. Students who have not completed these courses during undergraduate coursework may take courses during their tenure at Pratt or CLEP exams 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 three), it is strongly suggested he they earn these credits before beginning the LMS program.

Additional LMS Requirements

  • All candidates must take three non-credit workshops. Child Abuse Identification and Life Safety & Violence Prevention may be taken online. Dignity for All Students (DASA) must be taken in person by a certified provider.
  • Fingerprinting, per New York City Department of Education and New York State. 
  • Passing scores on NYS Teacher Certification Examinations: ALST, EAS, CST for School Library and edTPA. For more information on testing, visit the NYSTCE website.

MSLIS with LMS e-Portfolio under edTPA guidelines

The e-Portfolio graduation requirement, required of all MSLIS students, is used to assess student achievement program-level learning outcomes.


Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level and are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application, upload the following top three items and submit requests for recommendations online:

  • Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A statement of purpose describing interest in the program as well as personal goals
  • A current resume/CV
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources

International students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The minimum required TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The minimum required TOEFL score is 82 (Internet), IELTS of 6.5, and PTE score of 53Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Applicants may apply for non-matriculated status if desired and take up to six credits.

Program Coordinator
Jessica Hochman, PhD
Associate Professor

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us at or 212.647.7682.