The School Library Media Specialist program, offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, provides training in all aspects of school library administration.
A Unique Approach
Seton Hall's SLMS Program is the first program within a New Jersey university that is approved by the state to offer a three-track program: one track for certified teachers, a second track for students without teacher certification and a third track for professional librarians. All tracks lead to full licensure as a school library media specialist. The SLMS Program provides courses that fulfill the NJ state certification requirements with the technology orientation sought by many school districts today. Because there is a shortage of school library media specialists in the state, students in and graduates of the program are highly sought after.
Who Should Apply?
Students who possess a bachelor's degree in any field and who have an interest in pursuing a career as a school library media specialist should apply to this program. Applicants with an MLS or a master's degree in library science will have their transcripts evaluated. A personal plan for acquiring the SLMS licensure will be designed based on previous coursework. For specific application procedures, click on admissions.
Students in the School Library Media Specialist Program may pursue one of three tracks:
- Track One -- for candidates with a standard NJ instructional certificate. Track One is a 36-credit program that includes foundations, concentration and production courses with a final capstone course taken during the last semester of study.
- Track Two -- for candidates without a standard NJ instructional certificate. Track Two is a 36-credit program that includes education, foundations and concentration courses with a final capstone course taken during the last semester of study.
- Track Three -- for professional librarians who desire to be certified as school library media specialists. Track Three includes education and concentration courses. The number of credits required is determined by courses transferred from MLS or M.A. library programs. Specific topics must be covered for NJ certification.
Tracks two and three blend courses from the College's approved post-baccalaureate program for obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and required courses from the SLMS Program.
Candidates in the SLMS Program may also apply for an associate SLMS (ASLMS) certificate (two tracks available) after they have completed the appropriate course sequence. ASLMS students are eligible for full employment as school library media specialists while they complete their degree. For complete program requirements for all SLMS and ASLMS tracks, click on curriculum.
Graduates of the School Library Media Specialist program are working as school library media specialists in K-12 schools in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.