The program is designed for students to begin with 2 courses fall semester, continue with 2 courses spring semester, and complete all requirements by the end of summer semester. Or students may take 2 years to complete the program by taking 1 course per semester. A practicum experience, which involves in-school observations throughout the school year is a major component in the program. The program consists of six courses for a total of eighteen credits. A minimum of fifteen of the eighteen required credits must be taken through the Department of Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences at Utah State University for a departmental recommendation to the Utah State Board of Education for endorsement. But students may apply, and be granted, the library media endorsement without a departmental recommendation. The SLMA courses are web broadcast on Tuesday nights each semester, with additional materials and assignment online through Canvas.
Completion of the coursework does not automatically guarantee a recommendation by the Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences Department to the Utah State Office of Education. A recommendation for the library media K-12 endorsement will be made when the student has:
- Approval of the practicum advisor
- Completed the program courses with a 3.0 or higher grade point average
- Demonstrated competency in all coursework
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills to work effectively with students and teachers
Note: If you are currently not a student at Utah State University, you must apply and be accepted before you begin the coursework. Use the online transfer student application form (available at http://www.usu.edu/admissions/) or work with your local Utah State University Statewide Campus. Find your local USU Statewide Campus here. Directions for completing the online transfer student application form are available on the Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences website (http://itls.usu.edu/).