The goal for this certificate is to meet the needs of an educator's market composed of those who may already hold a masters degree in another field, but who wish to obtain coursework to qualify as a library media specialist or those who wish to begin with a graduate certificate.
Capitalizing on the university's excellent reputation and historic role in the preparation of librarians and information specialists, this certificate allows the university to better serve the needs of in-service teachers who seek Library Media Specialist credentials but prefer not to complete a Master's degree. The proposed certificate will help meet the need identified by national indicators and the ND Department of Public Instruction for more and better prepared library media specialists and offer a viable online graduate program option to teachers outside the state seeking to obtain library media credentials.
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.