School Library Media Specialist


This certificate is designed to enhance the knowledge and capabilities of those persons who wish to take the FTCE subject area exam for school media specialist K-12. Alternatively it would also be valuable for those persons who have taken and passed the FTCE subject area test and are eligible for certification as school library media specialist but wish to become more aware of the roles and responsibilities of the media specialist.

Course Location/Delivery

* Certificate courses are offered at the Tampa campus, web-based, or a combination of the two.

Admission Requirements

In addition to a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or its equivalent, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, students must currently hold a valid teaching certificate or show proof of coursework leading to a valid teaching certificate.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


A total of 18 credits are required. The student's individualized certificate program will be comprised of six courses chosen from the list below. These choices will be made in consultation with an advisor from the School of Library and Information Science.

  • LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services (3)
  • LIS 6735 Technical Services in Small Libraries (3)
  • LIS 6271 Research Method (3)
  • LIS 6303 Preparing Instructional Media (3)
  • LIS 6455 Organization & Admin. of the School Media Center (3)
  • PHC 6197 Advanced Information Management and Retrieval (3)
  • LIS 6542 Curriculum and Instructional Technology (3)
  • LIS 6511 Collection Development (3)
  • LIS 6565 Books and Related Material for Young Adults (3)
  • LIS 6564 Materials for Children (3)
  • LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork (3)
  • LIS 5020 Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)



Time Limit

Students have 3 years to complete the certificate.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Course credits earned in the certificates may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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