School Librarianship

Joyce ValenzaSchool Librarianship Concentration Coordinator: Joyce Valenza, Ph.D.

This concentration is designed to meet the New Jersey Department of Education requirements to become certified as a School Library Media Specialist.

Concentration Goals and Objectives

Librarians with this degree function as teachers, program administrators, information specialists and collaborative partners who lead learning in elementary and secondary schools. School librarians create dynamic physical and digital learning environments providing access, equity and experiences for K12 students to think, create, share and grow. Effective school library programs promote cultures of literacy and the thoughtful and creative use of digital resources.

Revised Program Courses:

If you enter the program in or after Summer 2019 or are in the early stages of the program, follow this revised path.

If you entered the program prior to Summer 2019, read the section below and contact Joyce Valenza for guidance to determine the best path to follow. You can access further information on this transition plan document.

Students Entering the Program In or After Summer 2019


Requirements for School Librarianship Concentration (Current Program)

36 credits*: 11 required courses (33 credits), one three-credit elective, plus three zero-credit courses

Required Courses:

Zero-credit Courses (required for all students):

3-Credit Courses

*In New Jersey, in addition to the courses required for the MI degree, the School Library Media Specialist certification requires students to satisfy an education component and apply for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS). This requirement may be addressed in the following three ways: 

  1. By possessing a standard teaching certificate.
  2. By proving that you completed a NJ State-approved college teacher preparation program.
  3. By completing a cohesive plan of study of at least nine credits that cover the education content areas mandated by the state.

The required nine credits have now been incorporated into the existing Rutgers School Librarianship program. Successful students will graduate with an MI degree and be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).

Students Who Entered the Program Prior To Summer 2019


Requirements for School Librarianship Concentration (Previous Program)

36 credits*: 11 required courses (33 credits), one three-credit elective, plus three zero-credit courses

Required Courses:

Zero-credit Courses (required for all students):

3-Credit Courses

*In addition to the courses required for the degree, the School Library Media Specialist certification requires students to satisfy an education component that can be fulfilled in any of the following three ways:

  1. By possessing a standard teaching certificate.
  2. By proving that you completed a NJ State-approved college teacher preparation program.
  3. By completing a cohesive plan of study of at least 9 credits that covers the education content areas mandated by the state.

You will graduate with an MI degree and be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE).

NOTE: In the former course sequence listed directly above, six of the required nine credits have been incorporated into the existing program. Taking the additional course 17:610:516 Learning, Inclusion, and Student Engagement in School Libraries will allow you, as a current student, to fulfill the NJDOE 9-credit requirement and to qualify for the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).

“The school library program at SC&I is the best in the country! The coursework for the MI program for school librarians is very targeted. I learned both theory and practical applications. The professors are well known in their respective fields and very accessible."

Beth Raff, MI ’19, school media specialist at Mt. Tabor Elementary School, American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader