School Library Media Specialist, Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in School Library Media Specialist may also be completed as an area of emphasis within the M.A. in Education. This certificate is designed for licensed teachers seeking to add an endorsement as a School Library Media Specialist (K-12). The goal of this certificate program is to prepare participants to manage school library media centers, collaborate with other faculty to support the school curriculum, and facilitate information literacy among students. Satisfactory completion of the certificate program and state licensure requirements leads to the addition of a School Library Media Specialist (K-12) endorsement on an existing, current, regular, teaching license.
A teacher with a valid West Virginia professional license who wants to add another teaching endorsement may do so by completing the course requirements, a performance assessment at the appropriate grade level, and, where specified, acceptable scores on the appropriate Praxis II test. Applicants from other states should verify eligibility for added endorsements through their state’s Department of Education.
Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select, on the application form, the certificate they wish to pursue. Applicants must have:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
- A master’s degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution.
Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials, such as documentation of current teacher licensure, before an admission decision is made.