Library Media Specialist Graduate Certificate

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Turn the page in your education career

Are you a certified teacher wanting to expand your career? Become a library media specialist.

Lead library and information services for your school. Inspire your students to learn in the digital age.

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Apply to this certificate program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections below before you begin.

Certificate in Library Media Specialist

Crystal Dicke, Graduate Program Coordinator
Meyer Library, Room 110E; Phone 417-836-4345

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Library Media Specialist provides a 12-hour graduate-level experience that will prepare fully certified teachers with the skills and knowledge required to be an effective Library Media Specialist. The certificate curriculum provides preparation in the areas of information management, organization of information, administrative leadership, program development, personnel and resources management, and assessment of youth-centered library programs and services. Fully certified teachers seeking library media specialist certification will be required to pass the state assessment in addition to these four DESE required courses. This certificate is a Missouri State University certificate and does not meet the State of Missouri certification requirements for teaching.

Entrance criteria

To be considered for the program, a prospective student must meet the admission requirements for a Graduate Certificate at Missouri State University.  

Required courses (12 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LIS 700 Foundations of Library and Information Science 3 hrs
LIS 702 Organization of Information 3 hrs
LIS 704 Administration and Leadership of Library Programs 3 hrs
LIS 706 Collection Development for Libraries Serving Children and Youth 3 hrs