The Master of Education in School Library and Information Technologies program is developed for the 21st Century and introduces a new model for program development.
The curriculum was created by some of Pennsylvania's most noteworthy leaders in school libraries and reflects the latest integration of educational theory and practice. Experts in course content are sought from across the US to teach and facilitate courses. Currently there are 16 instructors from six states.
It is the product of a close working relationship among the Pennsylvania Department of Education, members of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and Mansfield University to meet the need for certified school librarians with a Master’s degree.
This interactive, web-based learning environment involves audio, video and interactive online discussions and is fully supported by other university services.
The Master of Education in School Library and Information Technologies program is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accredited by NCATE and the Middle States Commission. Due to our exclusive focus on school libraries, the program does not seek accreditation by the American Library Association (which requires course work to prepare all types of librarians, not just school librarians), but is a nationally recognized NCATE-AASL Reviewed & Approved School Library Media Education Program.
About NCATE Accreditation
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession's accreditation system to guarantee high quality teacher preparation programs in schools, colleges and departments of education. NCATE works closely with the national professional association in the creation and monitoring of standards which university programs must meet in order to receive accreditation or recognition.
"School Library/ Media Specialist" is one of twenty Specialty Program Areas (SPAs) for which specific standards are developed in conjunction with a national association. NCATE, working with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, has established a rigorous performance-based system of accreditation for university programs that prepare competent school librarians.
Through a rigorous evaluation process, Mansfield University’s School Library & Information Technologies graduate program has maintained national recognition by NCATE/AASL since 2006 as a "reviewed and approved" school library media education program. There are only two such recognized programs in Pennsylvania. The complete list can be found at the AASL website.
Cindy Keller, Program Director
(717) 816 - 6995 (Cell)
Jill Scott, SL&IT Secretary
(570) 662 - 4790
(570) 662 - 4334 (Fax)