Two options to complete the Library Media Certificate are available: 

  1. Library Media Certificate
    Contact Dr. Deborah Rinio for information about the Library Media Certificate. This program is geared to licensed teachers who want to obtain the school library media endorsement or teachers seeking school library media professional development. 
  2. Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Educator Option.  The Library Media program offers an option to earn a Masters degree (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction after completion of all Library Media coursework. The Masters portion involves completion of 9 additional credits past the 21 required by the Library Media Certificate program, and these courses are also offered online.  Contact Dr. Kalonde, Curriculum and Instruction Program Leader for additional information or visit the Curriculum & Instruction website.

A student may apply to the full M.Ed. program at any time during or after their library media certificate program; however, all courses for both must be completed within 6 years. Students who choose this option will be enrolled in two programs simultaneously: Library Media Certificate and Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction.

Application Process for the Library Media Certificate Program

Prior to applying for the Library Media Certificate program applicants must hold a valid teaching license in the United States (or its territories).

  1. Complete the online application through the Graduate School Online Application System
  2. Provide official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended to the Department of Education Graduate Programs Office, 215 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.
  3. Personal Statement. You will be required to upload two personal statements during this online application process:

    • Personal Statement 1 - A 500-word personal statement describing your previous teaching experience and motivation to become a school librarian; explain how you came to this decision. 
    • Personal Statement 2 – Applicants must hold a valid teaching license in the United States (or its territories). You will be asked to upload a short statement which answers the following questions: (1) Which State you are licensed in? (2) The type of licensure you retain (3) Number of years teaching experience at the time of application, and (4) Whether you have been hired into a position that requires a provisional or emergency library endorsement (yes or no).
  4. Grade point Average (GPA). An Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. Applicants with post-baccalaureate experience must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.00.

  5. Teaching Experience. Library Media Certificate program applicants must hold a valid teaching license in the United States (or its territories).

  6. Current Resume or CV.

  7. International Applicants. In addition to the above, international applicants will be required to submit a variety of additional documentation including English proficiency scores. Please see the International application process page for further information.

  • Note:  Admission to the program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate coursework.

Application Process (Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Educator Option)

See Application Process for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction 

Application Deadlines

The following are the preferred application deadline dates by which all of the application materials must be submitted via the Graduate School Online Application System:

  • Fall Semester:  April 1st
  • Spring Semester:  November 1st
  • Summer Semester:  April 1st

The following are the absolute application deadline dates. If an applicant is unable to submit all application materials via the online application system by the preferred dates listed above, he or she can submit the materials by the date listed below, as there will be a second review.

  • Fall Semester: July 15th

Gainful Employment Program Disclosures

Note: This information only applies to certificate programs.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment information for the Library Media Program.

Obtaining MSU Transcripts

To obtain or check the status of MSU transcripts, visit the Office of the Registrar's Transcripts page. 

Payment Information

Financial Aid

For financial aid information, please visit the MSU Financial Aid.

Student Accounts:

The Student Accounts Office (ph: 406-994-1991) assists students in meeting their financial obligation to the University by providing information tuition, payment, deadlines, etc. 

To access tuition information, visit Student Accounts. In the sidebar on the left click Tuition & Fee Charts - Current & Historical > Online Programs Only. Then, select the academic year in question. 


Contact Information

Micki MacGregor, Graduate Program Assistant
Montana State University
PO Box 172880
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880 
[email protected]