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New Library Media Specialist Program Content Guidelines Approved

Thursday, December 29, 2016

State Superintendent Evers has approved new program content guidelines for the Library Media Specialist (1902) license.   Content guidelines identify for educator preparation programs the knowledge and skills that a completer of an approved program must have for license endorsement.

Dr. Evers also made the following policy decisions:
  • Remove the requirement for a Master’s degree from the PI 34.33 (5m) Library Media Specialist (1902) license and any references to a two-step license for the (1902) license
  • Move the Library Media Specialist license to the Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) teaching category as a stand-alone teacher license with no previous teaching license required.  An applicant would need to complete an approved LMS licensure program but would not need any other teaching license.  Existing teachers could add this on.
  • Move the Library Media Supervisor license to the status of “Obsolete” and create a new PI 34 section on Obsolete licensure, following the previous practice delineated in PI 3.
  • Move the Instructional Technology Coordinator (5092) license to the status of “Obsolete,” adding it to the new PI 34 section on Obsolete licensure described above.
    • Work with districts and programs on identifying digital leadership competencies that  can be incorporated in the existing administrator content guidelines and make revisions based on the new national standards
    • Provide technical support to administrator preparation programs and districts to integrate digital leadership competencies into programs and into differentiated technology staff leadership roles
  • Immediately develop a scope statement for permanent rule change to implement the above decisions.  
  • Develop a transition plan with the field based on programs being ready to prepare in the new content guideline as early as Fall 2017.

The DPI will be working with educator preparation programs to develop transition and implementation plans.

Posted by David DeGuire

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