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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


March 2, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384,

The following New Course and Program Change Proposals have been submitted by the Library Department:


PROGRAM CHANGE: M.Ed. in School Library & Information Technologies

One additional course, LSC 560 Seminar and Practicum in School Librarianship, will be required.

Credits will change from 30 to 32-34.


Rationale for change.

As part of the formal review process, the Pennsylvania Department of Education asked us to add an "extended field experience" and culminating experience. We have developed a new course, LSC 560 Seminar and Practicum in School Librarianship, to meet this requirement.



LSC 560 & 560P Seminar and Practicum in School Librarianship

This capstone course consists of two parts, an online seminar required of all students and on-site field work in a school library for k-12 library science certification candidates. The seminar includes readings, research, and threaded discussions on topics related to the school environment, teaching, and professionalism. Each student will create a professional portfolio, revise his/her resume and conduct a job search, assess his/her professional growth, and review professional organizations and continuing education opportunities. Most students seeking k-12 library science certification will be required to complete a 30-hour practicum while others having no professional classroom teaching experience may choose to complete a 60-hour practicum.

Variable credits: 2-4 graduate credits


Purpose and nature of course.

This is the culminating course in the Master's of Education in School Library and Information Technologies program. It allows time for the student to reflect, to assess his or her professional growth, to apply academic learning in an actual school library, and to prepare for employment in the profession. It will consist of two parts-participation in an online seminar (LSC 560) for all students enrolled in the school library program and on-site field work in a local school library (LSC 560P) for library science k-12 certification candidates.






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