Library Media Specialist

Applicants for a library media specialist endorsement must hold a currently valid professional teaching license, and complete the following graduate courses, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in graduate coursework. Additionally, they must achieve a score of 153 on the Praxis Library Media Specialist (0311) test. In order to meet Kansas State Department of Education licensure guidelines, Library Media Specialist candidates must complete a Master’s degree before applying for an initial school specialist license and a post-graduation mentoring program before applying for a professional school specialist license. After graduation with the MS degree and receiving the initial library media specialist license, candidates must secure a position in a school library and do two semesters of “a mentoring program” in the hiring school district. Upon successful completion of this program, candidates will be eligible to apply for a professional Kansas Library Media Specialist license.

Required Courses:

READ 861  Advanced Literature for Children and Young Adults 3 hours
LIBR 852  Selection of School Library Media Materials 3 hours
LIBR 853 Reference Retrieval 3 hours
MIT 805  Instructional Technology Theory and Practice 3 hours
LIBR 857  School Library Media Administration 3 hours
LIBR 859  Library Media Supervised Practice (Practicum) 3 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR STATE OF KANSAS LICENSURE (Pre K-12)   18 hours
ADDITIONAL HOURS FOR MASTERS DEGREE   18 hours



Contact Information
 
Dr. Suzanne Becking
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
223A Rarick Hall
Hays, KS  67601
Phone:  (785) 628-4544
Email: skbecking@fhsu.edu 
Web:  Advanced Education Programs