Post # 1
I currently have my Masters in Early Childhood Education and am looking to add an endorsement in Library Science. I’m in Virginia, and cannot find a school that offers this degree and I have no idea where to look! I’ve called the Virginia Dept of Education and they weren’t any help. Anyone in Virginia know where to look?
Post # 3
I am starting my MLS degree this fall! I know there’s also a few librarians floating around the hive, as well…
Each state has different requirements, but my understanding is that, if you already have your master’s in ECE, you can usually do a 2 year professional certificate or Master’s program with a specialization in “School Library Media.” Different schools might have different programs available, but most schools offer regular MLS degree and “School Media Library” degree tracts. You might want to start your research with looking for programs in graduate schools named “School Media Library” or look for “School Media Specialist” tracts in established MLS programs.
Also, have you looked on the American Library Association (ALA) website? That was actually one of my first stops in researching MLS programs and careers. You can search on there for the type and location of program you’re interested in, and then you could contact those schools to get more information/advice on the right program for you. Here’s the link:
There’s a few different search options, about halfway down the page.
Post # 4
@Mrs. Spring: Thanks for all the info! That’s a great start!
Post # 5
@Treasure43: VA does not have an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in Library Science. I grew up there and went to undergrad there, but I had to go to NC to get my MSLS. That being said, I don’t believe VA requires educators to have a masters in library science to work in a school. For those reasons, I don’t know how someone becomes certified to be a school librarian in VA, or if you even need a certification beyond a teaching license.
In NC, you need a professional license in school library media. I did a two-year program at UNC, got my masters, and took the PRAXIS II for library science. You could see if taking the PRAXIS II in library science would be enough to qualify you to be a librarian in VA, but I think the test would be very difficult for someone who didn’t go through a library science program of some type. I also don’t personally believe someone would be qualified to be a good school librarian just because she passed a test. That’d be like saying someone who passed the history PRAXIS would make a good history teacher – not necessarily true.
PM me if you have any other questions, or I could answer them on here.