Monday, January 16, 2006

Alternate Route to Certification; Library-Media Specialist Program

The Advanced Alternative Program for School Library Media Specialists is an innovative and exciting program developed by the Connecticut State Department of Education, approved by the Department of Higher Education, accredited using the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) Standards and administered by ACES to attract talented, successful Connecticut teachers to a new teaching career as school library media specialists. The program consists of a school year with activities and seminars related to the role and structure of high-quality library media programs and a rigorous, two-week period of intensive, full-time instruction in the July before the school year and a three-week program in the July following the school year. Although the program does not carry college course credit, completion of the advanced preparation program results in a cross-endorsement as a school library media specialist.

The deadline for applications for the '06-'07 cohort is coming up quickly. If you are interested or know of anyone who is, please contact Ellen Hughes at 203-407-4447 ( Additional information including the program brochure may be found at