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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks

IMLS Grant

Preparing PRAXIS Certified Librarians for Practice

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The University of Central Missouri is thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity to PRAXIS-certified rural school librarians to earn a Master of Science degree in Library Science & Information Services. The "Preparing PRAXIS Certified Librarians for Practice (PPCLP) Project" will prepare 43 PRAXIS-certified school librarians to develop and maintain school libraries that produce skilled 21st century learners. The project includes rural school administrators as participants and stakeholders. Our partner, the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), will provide continuing education, local support through MASL regional associations, opportunities for professional service, and support for reading award programs. The project is funded through a grant from the federal Institute of Museums and Library Services.

Benefits to schools and librarians include

• All courses in the program are online—no travel to campus
• Advanced training in school librarianship, including building collections, teaching with technology, and collaborating with teachers
• Membership in MASL, the premier Missouri professional association for school librarians
• Registration and housing to attend two statewide MASL conferences
• Leadership workshop involving the librarian and school administrator
• Course assignments customized to apply to rural school libraries
• Candidates receive tuition, fees, textbooks, and a laptop computer

Successful candidates will be certified by PRAXIS as school librarians but will have taken no library science course work. Candidates will be admitted in one of two cohorts beginning January 2012 and January 2013 and progress through the program together with their cohort. They will participate in an orientation in December where we will distribute textbooks and a laptop computer funded by the grant. The first cohort’s orientation is set for December 5, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. (inclement weather date December 19, 2011).

Qualified candidates must apply for admission to the program through the Graduate School at

Please contact Dr. Patricia Antrim at if you have questions.
Chair, Educational Leadership & Human Development
Lovinger 4102
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO  64093
Phone: 660-543-8633
Fax: 660-543-4164