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  • School of Social Sciences, Communication, & Education 

    The Master of Science in Educational Information and Library Studies Program

    This program is not accepting applications  at this time. 


    The Saint Vincent College Master of Science Degree in Educational Information and Library Studies is designed to prepare K-12 school librarians, community library professionals and media specialists for educational settings. The program addresses modern library trends and changing philosophies in school   library administration and design. The curriculum offers advanced program development training, library science preparation, instructional technology, collection development and services and curriculum design to enable library professionals to perform successfully in the K-12 or similar setting. The program fully aligns to the Pennsylvania Department of Education K-12 Library Science certification. Candidates can earn this instructional I certification with or without initial teacher certification. Candidates will have the opportunity to complete full student teaching or internship in public school settings mentored by experienced school librarians at both elementary and secondary levels.  The program is designed to be convenient for working professionals or teachers working to become librarians without leaving their current positions. 



    • To provide students with collaborative experiences with current school librarians, technologies, professional organizations, and curricula to perform as a well-schooled and proficient educational, community, or specialty librarian and/or library provider.

    • To offer students the necessary training and instruction in new technologies, collection development, instruction, information and media literacy, budgeting, managing, and media acquisition for K -12 schools and similar settings.

    • To provide students with knowledge of children’s and young adult materials, creative methods for library instruction, and overall media management to foster the best education environment for school students and families. 


    Master of Science Degree Educational Information and Library Studies (Library Science K-12 Certification) 36 credits:

    GCLS 603   Introduction to Multimodal Research and Information Literacy  -3 credits
    GCLS 613   Electronic Library Automation and Cataloging   -3 credits
    GCLS 623   Creative Programs for Children and Young Adults - 3 credits
    GCLS 633   Advanced Studies in Children's Literature  -3 credits
    GCLS 643   School Library Administration and Management  - 3 credits
    GCLS 653   Internship in the School Library   -3 credits
    GCLS 663   Literature and Reading for Young Adults   -3 credits
    GCIT 614   Emergent Information Management and Instructional Technologies   - 3 credits
    GCED 605  Statistics and Research Design    -3 credits
    GCED 625   Instructional Technology   -3 credits
    GCED 635   Instructional Methodology   -3 credits
    1 elective course (any graduate education course not listed above)  -3 credits

      Course Descriptions 

    Sequence and Scheduling  
    The Educational Information and Library Studies master’s degree is designed to be candidate convenient, offering on-campus, hybrid, and online courses. The accelerated 36-credit program can be completed in approximately 21 months (11 required courses, one elective course). Most courses in the Graduate Programs in Education are offered in accelerated 7-week sessions offered one night per week between the hours of 6 and 10 pm and one Saturday per course.  Each full semester has two accelerated 7-week sessions.  Thus, students can take two courses a term only driving to campus one evening per week. At the close of the degree coursework, students take a comprehensive exam which is offered each term, enabling students to graduate year around. 

    This program is not accepting applications  at this time. 

    Regular Admission 

    1. Possess an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  Official transcripts must be submitted from each institution attended to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education. 
    2. Have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. For a GPA lower than 3.0, applicants will be reviewed for provisional acceptance. 
    3. Send three recommendations to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education. 
    4. Personal statement explaining your desire to obtain a graduate degree. 
    5. Completed Application for Graduate Admission in Education. 

    Provisional Acceptance 

    If a student does not meet the above requirements for regular admission to the graduate programs in education, consideration will be given for acceptance on a provisional basis.  The student will be required to maintain a 3.75 GPA over the course of completing three graduate classes.  If the student is able to maintain a 3.75 grade point average he/she will be reviewed for regular admission. A student within this status will not be allowed to take more than 9 credits of graduate coursework.  If the student is not able to maintain a 3.75 GPA after completing 9 credits of graduate coursework, regular admission will be denied.  The provisional acceptance will still allow a student to qualify for financial aid if needed. 

    Graduate Non-Degree Status 

    If a student does not want acceptance to a graduate program but would like to register for graduate classes the student may apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student.  This allows the student to register for up to 9 graduate credits without applying or being accepted to a program.  In order to register under this status a student must complete the graduate non-degree application and submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education.  Once this information is received the student will be contacted regarding registration for classes. A student within this status is not eligible for financial aid. 

    **The Graduate Non-Degree Status also serves the student who decides to apply to a program right before the semester begins without ample time to complete the application.  The student can begin taking classes as a Graduate Non-Degree student while completing the application for admission.**   

    Pennsylvania K-12 Library Science Teaching Certification with a Master of Science In Educational Information and Library Studies 

    Students may add or become PA certified in Library Science through this program. A student who is not previously certified must complete the prerequisite courses and a full 14-week student teaching experience. Those already certified in another teaching area wishing to add PA certification in Library Science, must complete GCLS 653 Internship in the School Library that is required for fieldwork. For these students, the requirements of this course can be met at off hours, during the summer, and other times when the student is available to gather field experiences. Students may combine the requirements of this course with a current position or employment opportunity. As with all initial and add-on certifications, the PA Department of Education requires nine (9) credits in special education and three (3) credits in English language learners (ELL). Undergraduate credits and/or graduate credits can be counted toward the PDE requirement of nine (9) credits in special education and three (3) credits in ELL.  Candidates who have not already taken these courses may complete them at Saint Vincent College.  They can be taken at the graduate level as electives while seeking the K-12 Library Science Certification. All students pursuing certification must pass the Praxis exam: Library Media Specialist.

    Prerequisites for students pursuing their first teaching certificate (includes PA Department requirements for, special education and ELL) are listed below.

    ED 207           Practicum in Education (or ED 101, 102, or 103)- 1 credit
    ED 205           Strategies and Techniques of Instruction- 2 credits
    ED 206           Field Experience II: Strategies and Techniques of Instruction- 1 credit
    ED 208           Classroom Partnerships in Inclusion -3 credits
    ED 3--              Field Experience III: - 3 credits
    ED 390           Teaching Nonnative and Culturally Diverse Students -3 credits
    PY 290           Psychology and Education for the Exceptional Student -3 credits
    PY 115            Educational Psychology-3 credits  

    After advanced standing (First time certification only)

    ED 400           Field Experience IV – Pre-Student Teaching  -2 credits
    ED 410           Field Experience V – Student Teaching  -8 credits
    ED 411           Professional Seminar   -3 credits