ALTERNATE ROUTE TO CERTIFICATION FOR TEACHERS TO BECOME LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS

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WHAT IS ARCLMS?

ARCLMS is an innovative and exciting program developed by the Connecticut State Department of Education, approved by the Department of Higher Education, and administered by Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) to attract talented, successful Connecticut teachers to a new teaching career as school Library Media Specialists.

Teachers who successfully complete the program of instruction will be recommended by ACES for a cross-endorsement in certification area #062, Library Media Specialist K-12. This credential deems the teacher eligible for certification and employment as a library media specialist in any Connecticut public school.

The program is specifically designed to meet Connecticut State Department of Education certification requirements for school library media specialists.  These are demonstrated through coursework and clinical experiences designed so that candidates possess the skills, dispositions and principles associated with the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2010) including:

1. Teaching for Learning
2. Literacy and Reading
3. Information and Knowledge
4. Advocacy and Leadership
5. Program Management and Administration.

To view the full AASL Standards, please click HERE.

Instructional activities will consist of presentations, discussions, cooperative learning experiences, guest lectures, field experience, and online reflections.  In addition, each session may require additional assignments, and time will be provided during sessions for completion.

Technology is an important component for certification, and each session will incorporate the use of a variety of technology tools and resources necessary for the tasks on hand.  Students will be required to utilize a wide variety of technology tools throughout the course.


By the end of this program, students will understand:

  • The role of the library media program and its relation to the whole school

  • The roles and responsibilities of the library media specialist, and the leadership role within the educational community

  • The instructional partner role of the library media specialist in curriculum development

  • Professional requirements, legal requirements, and ethical issues in the library media program

  • The relationship between the library media program and information resources and services beyond the school

  • Issues and procedures related to collection development, including types of literature for children and types of print, non-print and electronic sources available

  • Methods for teaching information literacy skills to PK-12 students

  • Procedures, organization, circulation, and facilities use in the library media center

  • Procedures and issues related to fiscal and staff management in library media programs

  • Development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of a library media program