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Kristina Sande Kristina Sande
Director of Graduate Admission

SLMS Program

School library media specialists manage and deliver the school library media program, in addition to managing the school library media center. They work directly with children and young adults to teach them the skills necessary to become effective users of ideas and information. They also collaborate with classroom teachers to teach and integrate literature and information skills into the curriculum.

Through coursework and fieldwork experience, St. Kate's SLMS program prepares students to meet the Library Media Specialist Standards of the Minnesota Board of Teaching and to become educational leaders in their schools, districts and library systems.

Degree requirements

The following program of nine specific courses and three electives (36 semester hours), plus field experience and education courses, meets the requirements for the MLIS degree plus the Minnesota School Library Media Specialist license.

  • LIS 7010: Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • LIS 7030: Organization of Knowledge
  • LIS 7040: Reference and Online Services
  • LIS 7730: School Libraries
  • LIS 7160: Communication for Leadership
  • LIS 7210: Library Materials for Children
  • LIS 7220: Library Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 7240: Media Services and Production
  • LIS 7250: Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS 7283 or 7286: Clinical Experience/Student Teaching
    • 3 credits (200 hours) for those with a MN teaching license;
    • 6 credits (400 hours) for those without a teaching license;
    • Pre-requisites: all other coursework
    • Students currently holding media support staff positions will do their student teaching at another site
    • Electives: 9 semester hours
  • Total: 39 - 42 semester hours

Additional credit requirements

Students who do not hold Minnesota teaching credentials also must complete the following courses:

  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4 credits)
  • EDUC 5070: Teachers as Leaders in a Changing Society (4 credits)
  • EDUC 5800: General Methods: Elementary (2 credits)
  • EDUC 5490: School Health and Chemical Health (1 credit)
  • EDUC 7550: Literacy in the Content Areas (2 credits)

(These courses must be completed prior to enrolling in any LIS courses other than 7010, 7030, and 7040.)

Testing requirements

For the School Library Media License, students are required to take the Minnesota Teaching Licensure Examination (MTLE) Library Media Specialist test. Students who do not have a Minnesota Teaching License additionally need to pass the MTLE tests in Basic Skills and Pedagogy.