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School Library Media Specialist

The School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) program from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN prepares media specialists at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. The SLMS can be completed as a license-only program, or as part of the Master of Library and Information Science degree.

SLMS Program Highlights

Format: Hybrid, combining face-to-face classes (evenings and weekends) with online instruction. Student teaching requirements are completed on weekdays.

Completion time: 2 years (additional credits/time to completion required if the student does not hold a current MN teaching license.)

Credits: 33+

Cost per credit (2021–2022): $1,020

Start: Fall, spring, or summer

Scholarship Opportunities

A St. Catherine University education is one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll ever make, and we are committed to helping you find ways to make that investment affordable.

New SLMS students are considered for up to $5,000 in funding from the following scholarship programs: leadership, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement.

SLMS students employed by a St. Kate's corporate or community partner may be eligible for a 10% tuition reduction.

Graduate students may also be eligible for loan and grant programs.


Become an Education Leader in Technology and Literacy

In the school library media specialist license program, you’ll learn the principles of librarianship in general, and service to children and young adults in particular. Developmental psychology of the child, pre-adolescent, and adolescent is woven into the literature courses. The philosophy of education for elementary, middle, and secondary school levels plays an integral role in our curriculum.

Students who do not hold a current MN State teaching license will complete additional course and student teaching requirements.

Careers in School Libraries and Media Centers

With a school library media specialist license, you can manage the library and media centers of K–12 schools. They collaborate with teachers and other staff to develop curriculum and integrate resources into teaching and learning. Promoting reading in a variety of formats, they guide students to become effective users of ideas and information.

Employers actively recruit St. Kate’s graduates. Our students are recognized leaders in the profession and hold positions such as library directors and national library association staff members.

School Library Media Specialist Program Overview

This option within the Master of Library and Information Science degree program is designed to educate students wishing to become school librarians. The prescribed course sequence  fulfills the requirements for the Minnesota School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) license.

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