In addition to the MLIS program, GSLIS also offers a Teacher Certification Program (TCP) for individuals who have already earned the MLIS but wish to complete the additional requirements of the School Library Media Program for certification credentials. Students must follow the same guidelines and application procedures as for the MLIS program above for provisional admittance to the TCP in school library media.
Students admitted to the TCP program are governed by the same academic standards as other GSLIS matriculated graduate students. Upon acceptance, the candidate must complete an official Program of Study in consultation with the coordinator of the School Library Media Program. The coordinator will analyze the student's transcripts to determine which courses can be accepted and which courses are needed to complete the student's credentials for the certification program. The number of additional courses needed to complete the TCP program will vary depending upon transcript analysis. However, to meet the standards of our Rhode Island State Approved Program in Library Media (K-12) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a student must have the URI courses listed for the School Library Media Program.
Once admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, the student is a provisional school library media candidate. Steps Two to Four of candidacy are listed on the School Library Media Admissions page.