School Library Media Specialist Endorsement

The School Library Media Specialist Endorsement program offers courses that meet or exceed the State Board of Education required competencies for the endorsement. It prepares entry-level library media specialists for positions in both elementary and secondary schools.

The program consists of a minimum of 24 credits from the courses shown in the following list. These are offered through Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University. All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

In New Mexico, at least 12 credits need to be upper-division courses for a K–12 endorsement. It is recommended that at least one course be taken from each area, and the student should consult an advisor. Endorsement is applied for by the student directly to the State Department of Education, and granted by the State, not DACC or NMSU. Out-of-state students should check with their state for specific requirements.

NOTE: All L SC and ELA courses are offered only ONLINE. Other courses may be available periodically online. Upper-division courses are offered through NMSU, where undergraduate and graduate tuition rates apply.

School Library Media Specialist Endorsement (minimum of 24 credits)

Select one or more courses (3 or more credits) from at least eight of the following categories.
Fundamentals
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Technical Services in Libraries3
Introduction to Public Services in Libraries3
Foundation for School Library Specialists 1
Organization and Administration
ELA 412/512Administration of the School Library 13
or L SC 203 School Library Media Specialist
Collection Development and Management
ELA 414/514Collection Management and Development in School Libraries 13
or L SC 200 Collection Management and Development in Libraries
Instructional Design and Development
ELA 413/513Curriculum Role of the School Library Specialist 13
or ECED 235 Introduction to Language, Literacy and Reading
Reference
Select one from the following:3
Reference and Information Resources I3
Introduction to Information Literacy in an Electronic Environment
Internet Resources and Research Strategies3
Reference and Information Resources II
Information Literacy
Cataloging
Select one from the following:3
Cataloging Basics I: Descriptive Cataloging3
Cataloging Basics II: Classification and MARC Cataloging3
Cataloging Non-Book Formats3
Technology and Automation
EDLT 574Technology Planning and Grant Writing 13
or L SC 210 Technology Planning in Libraries
Design and Utilization of Media
Select one from the following:3
Multimedia Materials and Presentations in Libraries3
Innovative Technology Applications for Libraries3
Technology and Pedagogy 13
Literature
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Children's Literature for Libraries3
Introduction to Young Adult Literature3
Literature for Children and Young Adults 13
Content Area Literacy 1
Elementary School Literacy I 1
Elementary School Literacy II 1
Total Credits27
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Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.