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Program Details

Valley City State University offers a Library Information Technologies Certificate that aims to meet the needs of an educator who already has a bachelor or master's degree in another field, but who wishes to gain an additional certificate to qualify as a library media specialist. This certificate allows people to gain credentials without having to complete a master’s degree, and may be obtained after the completion of 22-25 credit hours.

To obtain the Library and Information Technologies Certificate, certain courses are required, including Emerging Technologies and the SLM Programs, Literature and Literacy for Children and Young Adults, and Collaboration, Management, and Leadership, among others. In addition to the previously listed courses, the Introduction to Libraries course is required to meet North Dakota library media specialist requirements. Also, depending on the student’s prior class work, candidates may need to take the Introduction to Library Services course to meet the required coursework for this certificate. Valley City State University offers an introductory course that fulfills this requirement at the undergraduate level.

Upon completion, the Library and Information Technologies Certificate may help meet the need identified by national indicators and the North Dakota Department of Public instruction for library media specialists. In addition, this program will offer a viable online graduate program option for teachers outside the state seeking to obtain library media credentials. This certificate will add to a graduate’s qualifications and mauy make them more appealing to future employers.

In addition to meeting the North Dakota DPI standards for the LMS LM01 or LM02 credential, the courses in the program are developed to meet AASL standards. The M.Ed. concentration in LIT program was accredited by NCATE in 2008, but is currently preparing to seek initial NCATE/AASL program recognition in the next two years.

Requirements

Bachelor or master's degree in another field.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

In addition to meeting the North Dakota DPI standards for the LMS LM01 or LM02 credential, the courses in the program are developed to meet AASL standards. The M.Ed. concentration in LIT program was accredited by NCATE in 2008, but is currently preparing to seek initial NCATE/AASL program recognition in the next two years.