Library Media Specialist (Graduate Certificate, Licensure)

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: Information Media

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Information Media

Graduate Director:
Dr. Marcia Thompson

Program Location

This program is offered on-campus and is also available for 100% completion on-line. One on-campus visit for thesis defense or comprehensive examination is required. For more information related to our online offered programs, please see The Center For Continuing Studies.

Program Overview

The Library Media Specialist (LMS) Graduate Certificate is designed to provide an academic credential for those individuals who are pursuing licensure as a library media specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Information - Graduate Certificate

  • By seeking admission to a graduate certificate program a student can apply for financial aid by filing the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) form, enjoy priority registration dates and earn a graduate certificate that is transcribed on the SCSU transcript.
  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year, as completed application files are received. Students may start the program fall, spring and summer terms.
  • For priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadlines posted.  If space remains in the program, applications will continue to be reviewed as feasible.
  • Students must meet with the graduate director in the Department of Information Media to plan the sequence of courses required and complete a certificate program of study form indicating the appropriate courses for licensure. 
  • All Information Media graduate courses taken to fulfill graduate certificate or licensure needs may be applied to the M.S. in Information Media.

Licensure applicants:

  • Entrance decisions to the licensure track are made throughout the year, as completed application files are received. Students may start the licensure track fall, spring and summer terms.
  • If an applicant elects to not pursue the graduate certificate, application should be made as astudent guest.  Applicants are encouraged to meet with an advisor to make this determination.
  • Student guests are not admitted to a certificate program and are NOT eligible for financial aid and do NOT earn a graduate certificate to indicate coursework completion.  However, student guests would still be eligible for Minnesota licensure upon completion of designated courses.
  • Licensure applicants must hold teacher licensure or satisfy the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice competencies.
  • Satisfy the school library media specialist competencies.
  • Applicants planning to work toward this license should meet with the graduate director in the Department of Information Media to plan the sequence of required courses.


  • Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0; no grade less than B- is accepted for certificate courses.
  • At the completion of 8 credits, students must successfully complete a review of LMS skills and dispositions to determine licensure progress.
  • At the completion of the certificate courses, students must participate in an exit interview with at least three members of the faculty.

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided these reports containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.