Program Overview

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.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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.

    Requirements

    Bachelor or master's degree in another field.

    School Overview

    Valley City State University is a public university located in Valley City, North Dakota. VCSU is situated on a 55 acre campus, and the entire campus is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The university is one of eleven institutions in the North Dakota University System. Valley City State University was established in 1890 as a normal school, which is also known as a teachers college, and for over one hundred years has provided students with an engaging social and academic learning environment. Staying true to its heritage, Valley City University has developed a stellar reputation for educating some of the top teachers in the area.

    VCSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees. The academic departments and divisions at VCSU consist of Communication Arts and Social Science, Business and Information Technology, School of Education and Graduate Studies, Math, Science and Health & Physical Education and Fine Arts. VCSU offers an opportunity for distance learning for students that want to earn a degree from VCSU, but don’t have a schedule that allows them to do so. The online classes are delivered through the internet, which makes students able to participate from any location that has internet access. Students have the choice of either working independently, or together with fellow distance education students.

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