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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

School Library and Information Studies Program Information

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Course Descriptions
Course Content Areas
Course Schedules

Program Design

  • Convenient, engaging, on-line, professional learning environment
  • Research-based, standards-aligned courses
  • Courses designed to respond to current educational needs
  • Ongoing student advising, mentoring, and evaluation with university faculty
  • Flexible options meet the diverse needs of adult learners

Program Options

Complete a single class Complete a School Library Media License Complete a Master's Degree Complete a Teaching License

Students enrolled in another licensure program may take a single course to meet their licensure requirements

  • There are 6 SLIS courses from which to choose.
  • Several Educational Technology (EdTech) courses also satisfy requirements. Choose from 4 EdTech courses
  • Courses are 3 credits each and are semester based

Students holding a teaching license or students from states not requiring a teaching license complete 28 credits

  • Complete 8 SLIS courses
  • Complete Internship (4 credits – typically done during spring semester)
  • Each course is 3 credits

Typically it takes 2–3 years to complete licensure requirements

Note: Upon successful completion coursework and Internship, candidates must take and pass content and pedagogy examinations before applying and obtaining a Minnesota School Library Media License

Earn a Master of Science in School LIbrary and Information Studies

  • Complete additional  required research core courses (6 credits)
  • Develop and write a paper, project, or thesis as a capstone for the degree
  • Students must complete the degree within 6 years.

If you have an undergraduate degree, through our Graduate Teacher Licensure Program you can earn a Minnesota teaching license in 24 months

  • Minnesota requires School Librarians to hold a Minnesota teaching license

Course Descriptions

Each course is 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

KSP 617 - Foundations of Information Centers

In this course students will study the current information environment and explore the challenges the profession of library and information services faces. Participants will identify and discuss issues and topics surrounding and transforming the social, cultural, economic and educational role of the library and become knowledgeable about issues such as service, technoloyg, intellectual freedom and professional practices.

KSP 621 - Information Resources

This course will examine, evaluate and use reference media sources to meet the information needs of a school library's clientele.  Participants will examine and review bibliographic resources and their relationship to instruction and instructional in-service.

KSP 622 - Materials for Children

Candidates will learn and practice selecting, evaluating and using print, audiovisual and electronic media for children in grades K-6. Candidates will learn to identify and discuss a variety of genres, use reviewing sources and selection tools, identify major children's book awards, research authors and books, and becom knowledgeable about current educational resources.

KSP 630 - Materials for Young Adults

Candidates will learn and practice selecting, evaluating and using developmentally appropriate library and information services for young adults, ages 13-18, with an emphasis on literature and the uses of literature in schools and libraries.  The content includes material on non-book services, programming, and electronic media.

KSP 631 - Library Leadership and Management

In this course the management function and leadership role of the school librarian within the school setting will be explored.  The components of effective school library programs, including resources, personnel, spaces, budget, planning, organizing, policy development, and project management, are studied.

KSP 634 - Technology for the School Librarian

This course explores the newest instructional technology for the classroom and for professional presentations.  The student will explore the utilization of technology in an instructional setting with presentations of student designed resources.

KSP 635 - 21st Century Multiple Literacies

The course will examine the role of the school librarian in the curriculum process and explore this role in resource-based teaching.  The roles of the school librarian as a teacher, instructional paretner, information specialist, program manager, and advocate for school libraries will be explored.

KSP 698- Internship (4 credits)

Under-supervision of both graduate faculty within the K-12 and Secondary Department and appropriate cooperating supervisors of external agencies, the student will complete an internship experience, which allows opportunity to apply and strengthen knowledge and skills acquired within the graduate program. (Four credits of internship are required for Media Generalist Licensure). Students seeking initial licensure will complete 8 credits/16 weeks of student teaching

Elective Options:

KSP 618 - Research and Writing for the School Librarian

This course is part of the School Library and Information Studies graduate program with aim of providing students an introduction to School Library research and development of a publishable article to submit to a professional periodical or conference.

KSP 628 - Instructional Design and Production for Digital Learning

Teaching and learning over distance education systems with the main emphasis on distance education across the internet. The history of distance education will be discussed. Proper instructional design techniques when developing of coursework will be examined. Proper selection of content will be stressed.

KSP 615 - Special Topics

Storytelling - This course introduces students to the history, application, presentation and value of storytelling for various settings and audiences, particularly in schools and school libraries.  Guidance will be given in the practice of techniques and different aspects or modes of storytelling.  Students will present their own stories utilizing several approaches.

Digital Storytelling - This course introduces students to the use  of computer-based tools to tell stories and to teach students how to tell their own stories.

KSP 609 - Research Methods

Learn how to apply qualitative and quantitative research designs to investigate and educational issue.

KSP 610 - Scholarly Writing

Learn to express research findings by developing a paper that includes a complete literature review, methods, discussion, and conclusion for an applied paper, creative project, or thesis.

Course Content Areas

Technology (3 credits)

KSP 634 - Technology for the School Librarian

Management and Organization (3 credits)

KSP 631 - Library Leadership and Management

Philosophy and Vision (6 credits)

KSP 635 - 21st Century Multiple Literacies
KSP 617 - Foundations of Information Centers

Materials (9 credits)

KSP 621 - Information Resources
KSP 622 - Materials for Children
KSP 630 - Materials for Young Adults

Elective (3 credits)

Internship (4 credits)

KSP 698 - Internship / Student Teaching (Spring)

Research Requirement

For students completing a Master's Degree. Each course is offered every semester

KSP 609 - Research Methods
KSP 610 - Scholarly Writing

Course Schedules

A typical sequence of offerings for courses in the LME program (changes may occur due to enrollment, staffing, etc.) includes the following. Work with your advisor to plan for your schedule of courses. 

Summer: KSP 622, KSP 634, and KSP 615

Fall: KSP 631, 630, and 617

Spring: KSP 635, 621, 618 and 698

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