Instructional Technology Program
"I learned how important information literacy is, how much support a school library can give to the curriculum, and what our roles as teachers are. There's not a day that goes by that I don't use something that I learned at Simmons, from children's literature to instructional strategies to technology integration."
Michelle McGarry, MS Simmons SLIS
Conley Elementary School, Whitman, Mass.
Please Note: The Instructional Technology Program has been put on hold for the Fall 2014 semester. We will be reviewing the program and evaluating whether we will be able to offer the program again in the foreseeable future.
The Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) instructional technology program is a fully online, cohort-based program comprised of four graduate-level courses (12 credits). The program awards a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program, as well as provides the necessary coursework for classroom and school library teachers to obtain a license in instructional technology for the state of Massachusetts. Program faculty members are distinguished leaders in the school library and instructional technology fields.
This program is for those who:
- Currently hold a master's in library and information science, education, or a related field,
- Are independent school library and classroom teachers who want to increase their ability to integrate technology into their work with children through an organized program, and,
- Have an initial or professional license as a teacher in Massachusetts and want to obtain an instructional technology license.
Check out this interview with Program Director Dr. Fran Zilonis for more information about the program.
Please note 2: In order to receive licensure, students must have an initial Massachusetts DESE license and three years of experience as a teacher in a Massachusetts public school and be eligible for a professional level license. Students may be taking coursework at the same time that they are gaining that experience. Students may also begin the program with a professional level teaching license. Applicants from other states are welcome to apply for the program, but will need to work with their state Department of Education to determine if the coursework is acceptable for licensure in that state.