Update – MLS/Library Media Specialist

So, over the last month, I’ve decided to pursue the Library Media Specialist (school librarian) track for my Master of Library Science program.  I’m excited about this because it will widen my possible job outlook greatly – I’ll be qualified not only for public and academic librarianship, but for public school librarianship as well.  Yay!

Recently, the Queens College GSLIS added a new program to allow non-certified teachers to obtain the Library Media Specialist certification.  So, I began doing some research into feasibility, and I realized that actually, I’d be able to complete the LMS coursework.  Moreover, I’m able to do it through the classic program, provided I obtain my initial NYS teaching certificate before doing my student teaching.  Of course, I’ll be taking very particular courses, many of which will include school observation and teaching hours.

So, in coming months, I’ll be tackling the NYS teacher certification tests, including two covering teaching basics and one covering Physics.  Yes, Physics.  My undergraduate major was Physics Teaching.  Although I completed my degree with honors and taught high school science and Physics after graduating, I am quite rusty in this discipline.  I’ve borrowed some study books for this exam, and I have about a month to prepare.  Wish me good luck!

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5 responses to “Update – MLS/Library Media Specialist

  1. Congratulations, Christine!! I am SO excited for you!! I can’t wait to hear all about this in person 😀 Good luck to you!!

  2. Congrats!!! 🙂

  3. Thanks, ladies 🙂

  4. Exciting times! That’s interesting you are required to take your certification tests before student teaching. I wasn’t required in PA. Best wishes that all goes well!

    • Christine Pennacchio

      Well, there are two school librarian tracks in my grad school: (a) for teachers who are already certified (which I can become by taking tests because I majored in education) or (b) for future librarians who don’t yet have teaching credentials (this is 3 more classes than the other, so I don’t want to have to do that).

      Thanks for the good wishes!

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