General and Program Specific Requirements for Library Media Specialist
15. Library Media Specialist (all grades)
Library media specialist programs must lead to a master's or higher degree in library science.
Content Core Requirements
The program shall include a requirement that the candidate complete study in library science which will prepare them with the knowledge base needed to teach library science, and prepare them with the skills to continue to refine and expand that knowledge base.
General Pedagogical Core Requirements
The program shall include the following:
(i) human developmental processes and variations, including but not limited to: the impact of culture, heritage, socioeconomic level, personal health and safety, nutrition, past or present abusive or dangerous environment, and factors in the home, school, and community on students’ readiness to learn -- and skill in applying that understanding to create a safe and nurturing learning environment that is free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and that fosters the health and learning of all students, and the development of a sense of community and respect for one another;
(ii) learning processes, motivation, communication, and classroom management -- and skill in applying those understandings to stimulate and sustain student interest, cooperation, and achievement to each student’s highest level of learning in preparation for productive work, citizenship in a democracy, and continuing growth;
(iii) means for understanding the needs of students with disabilities, including at least three semester hours of study for teachers to develop the skills necessary to provide instruction that will promote the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum. The three semester hour requirement shall include study in at least the following areas: the categories of disabilities; identification and remediation of disabilities; the special education process and state and federal special education laws and regulations; effective practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration with peers; individualizing instruction; and applying positive behavioral supports and interventions to address student and classroom management needs. When such requirements cannot be completed in three semester hours, the remaining study requirements may be included in other courses. This three semester hour requirement may be waived at the discretion of the commissioner, upon a showing that the program provides adequate instruction to prepare candidates on understanding the needs of students with disabilities through other means;
(iv) language acquisition and literacy development by native English speakers and students who are English language learners -- and skill in developing the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of all students;
(v) curriculum development, instructional planning, and multiple research-validated instructional strategies for teaching students within the full range of abilities -- and skill in designing and offering differentiated instruction that enhances the learning of all students in the content area(s) of the certificate;
(vi) uses of technology, including instructional and assistive technology, in teaching and learning -- and skill in using technology and teaching students to use technology to acquire information, communicate, and enhance learning;
(vii) formal and informal methods of assessing student learning and the means of analyzing one’s own teaching practice -- and skill in using information gathered through assessment and analysis to plan or modify instruction, and skill in using various resources to enhance teaching;
(viii) history, philosophy, and role of education, the rights and responsibilities of teachers and other professional staff, students, parents, community members, school administrators, and others with regard to education, and the importance of productive relationships and interactions among the school, home, and community for enhancing student learning -- and skill in fostering effective relationships and interactions to support student growth and learning, including skill in resolving conflicts;
(ix) means to update knowledge and skills in the subject(s) taught and in pedagogy;
(x) means for identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment, which shall include at least two clock hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse or maltreatment, in accordance with the requirements of section 3004 of the Education Law;
(xi) means for instructing students for the purpose of preventing child abduction, in accordance with Education Law section 803-a; preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, in accordance with Education Law section 804; providing safety education, in accordance with Education Law section 806; and providing instruction in fire and arson prevention, in accordance with Education Law section 808; and
(xii) means for the prevention of and intervention in school violence, in accordance with section 3004 of the Education Law. This study shall be composed of at least two clock hours of course work or training that includes, but is not limited to, study in the warning signs within a developmental and social context that relate to violence and other troubling behaviors in children; the statutes, regulations and policies relating to a safe nonviolent school climate; effective classroom management techniques and other academic supports that promote a nonviolent school climate and enhance learning; the integration of social and problem solving skill development for students within the regular curriculum; intervention techniques designed to address a school violence situation; and how to participate in an effective school/community referral process for students exhibiting violent behavior.
(xiii) means for the prevention of and intervention in harassment, bullying (including cyberbullying) and discrimination in accordance with section 14 of the Education Law. Such study shall include six clock hours of course work or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination, as defined in section 11 of the Education Law, including but not limited to those acts based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex; the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias and aggression in educational settings.
Program-Specific Pedagogical Core Requirements
The program shall include the following:
(i) at least six semester hours of study in teaching the literacy skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to native English speakers and students who are English language learners. This six-semester hour requirement may be waived upon a showing of good cause satisfactory to the Commissioner, including but not limited to a showing that the program provides adequate instruction in language acquisition and literacy development through other means.
(ii) skill in collaborating with other professional staff to support instruction through library services that enhances the learning and independence of students with disabilities and special needs;
(iii) skill in collaborating with other professional staff to support instruction through library services that enhances the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of all students; and
(iv) skill in collaborating with other professional staff to support instruction through library services that enhances student learning in content areas and in the uses of instructional and assistive technology to acquire information and communicate.
Field Experiences, Student Teaching and Practica Requirements
For registered programs with students who first enroll prior to the Fall 2023 semester:
- The program shall include at least 100 clock hours of field experiences in elementary and secondary schools and at least two college-supervised practica of at least 20 days each in elementary and secondary schools. At least 15 of the 100 clock hours of field experience shall include a focus on understanding the needs of students with disabilities.
For registered programs with students who first enroll for the Fall 2023 semester and thereafter:
The program shall include:
at least 100 clock hours of field experiences related to coursework prior to student teaching or practica, provided that at least 15 of the 100 clock hours of field experiences shall include a focus on understanding the needs of students with disabilities.
The program shall also include:
A student teaching or practicum experience of two placements, one in an elementary library setting and one in a secondary library setting. Each placement should be of at least 7 weeks in length, full-time, and in alignment with the daily schedule and annual calendar of that educational setting;
- The student teaching or practicum must address each of the applicable general and program-specific pedagogical core requirements for a library media specialist program.
- The student teaching or practicum must be designed to provide candidates with opportunities to practice teaching skills identified in the New York State Teaching Standards in the school library educational setting, co-supervised by a university-based teacher educator and a certified school-based teacher educator.
- For the student teaching experience, the candidate shall be credited with at least the number of semester hours required to obtain full-time status at the institution.
The combination of clinical experiences must:
- meet or exceed the specific requirements for the a library media specialist certificate and,
- address the full range of student developmental levels, elementary and secondary.
Limited Exemption for candidates with prior teaching experience:
A candidate who is enrolled in a graduate-level program leading to certification in one or more certificates shall be exempt from the requirements for clinical experiences if such candidate satisfies one or more of the following conditions: 1) they have completed a New York State registered teacher preparation program prior to enrollment and hold an Initial and/or Professional certificate 2) hold National Board certification or 3) have at least one year of effective teaching under a valid New York State or out-of-state teaching license or certificate.
Clinical experience requirements for candidates that qualify for the limited exemption:
The clinical experience shall require the candidate to complete at least 50 clock hours of student teaching or practica, where such experiences focus on the applicable program-specific pedagogical core requirements for the library media specialist certificate and must occur with actual students in school library educational settings.