Experimental School Library Media Specialist Program

This experimental program seeks to address the critical shortage in Michigan of certified school librarians by building an abbreviated pathway for teachers to earn the ND endorsement outside of the Master of Library and Information Science degree. This experimental school library program can be completed within 15 credit hours, the same amount of hours it takes to obtain a certificate in the School of Information Sciences.

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By the numbers

Michigan School Library Staffing 
(as of Dec 2016)

pie chart showing 66 percent of buildings without library media specialists or any library workers

Media Specialists in Michigan

Media Specialists in Michigan chart shows loss of more than 60 percent of positions from 2001 to 2018

Request for information

The School of Information Sciences is planning to offer an experimental, 15 credit hour program that will allow both new and current students to complete the coursework necessary to apply for school library media endorsement. The school received approval to offer this experimental program from the Michigan Department of Education in August 2018. 

Please fill out this form if you would like to receive program status updates. The program is open to Michigan residents with a valid teaching certificate. The program launched in spring/summer 2019 and is currently accepting applications.

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