The School Library Media Program is grounded in “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs,” the national guidelines of the American Association of School Librarians; in the Illinois content area standards for the library information specialist, in the Common Core State Standards, in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS) and in the Dominican School of Education’s conceptual framework centered on the core values of scholarship, leadership and service.
Through completing the School Library Media Program, candidates learn the principles of librarianship in general and service to children and youth in particular. Integral topics include:
- Developmental psychology of the child, pre-adolescent, and adolescent
- The philosophy of education for the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels
- Design of inquiry-based curriculum and curriculum integration and development in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings
- Information literacy
- Educator collaboration
- Instructional technology
- Program administration, communication and professional development
Graduates acquire a firm understanding of the roles of the school librarian and the library media program within the school context and the extended school learning community, and become educational leaders in their schools, districts, and library systems.