In June 2010, the School Library & Information Technologies Graduate Department of Mansfield University was awarded a prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for $999,940. The funds will primarily support graduate scholarships to help qualified teachers earn a Master of Education in School Library & Information Technologies degree, enabling them to earn school library certification.The “Fulfilling the Promise” scholarship program is in its final year and some funds are still available that cover 50 or 75% of tuition for any library courses taken through Summer 2014.
Only certified teachers without school library media certification may apply. Applicants must be accepted by Mansfield University in the School Library & Information Technologies program in pursuit of a Master of Education degree (Graduate Code 300). Candidates will be judged on the degree to which they meet the following criteria. Candidates do not have to meet every criterion.
- Uncertified School Librarian
- Diversity in the Profession (ethnic and/or male)
- Under-Served Geographic Community
- Distance from a Library Science University (over 50 miles)
- Ability to recruit a school administrator ton enroll in free summer, online awareness program about school library programs.
Scholarship recipients must first gain admission to the School Library & Information Technologies graduate program. The Graduate Application is available online, at https://ssl.mansfield.edu/forms/gradlibapply.cfm.
Admissions requirements for MU’s School Library & Information Technologies graduate program
LSC Courses and instructors at http://library.mansfield.edu/ (under Program Info)
Admissions questions, contact Vicki Wilbur in Graduate Admissions (email@example.com / 800-577-6826).School library graduate program quesitons, contact Cindy Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org / 717-816-6995).
Downloadable copies of the Fulfilling the Promise application are available below. Since the application must be signed, send the official, completed application via U.S. Mail to the SL&IT secretary, Ms. Jill Scott (address listed on application).
Download application in Microsoft Word
About the SL&IT Program
The School Library & Information Technologies Graduate Program began in Fall 2000 and offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The program's primary goal is to prepare certified teachers to become highly qualified, certified school librarians. The completely online program is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, and is nationally recognized as an NCATE-AASL Reviewed & Approved School Library Media Education Program.
Additional information can be found at: http://library.mansfield.edu/welcome.asp
If you are a certified teacher in Pennsylvania, successful completion of this program and required PRAXIS tests will enable you to add library science K-12 certification to your teaching credentials. The program also has reciprocity in almost all other states for school library certification.
Teachers accepted into Mansfield’s School Library & Information Technologies program are required to complete the 31 to 33-credit Master’s degree program. Any courses not completed by “Fulfilling the Promise” Scholarship students by the end of the scholarship program will need to be fully paid by the student.
Course are described at http://library.mansfield.edu/courses.asp
For a brochure about the program, go to:http://library.mansfield.edu/pdf/brochure.pdf
To view a 10 minute video on MU's school library program go to:
If you are unable to view the video, call 800-577-6826 for a free DVD copy.