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Instruction & Teaching for Librarians & Information Professionals (Certificate NDP)  
Program Description
Information literacy instruction continues to be a cornerstone of the library profession, and it is imperative that future library professionals keep pace with advances in instruction methodologies and new technologies. This certificate provides the foundation for library professionals to become effective teachers and instructional designers. Course topics include Information literacy pedagogy, instructional design principles, online learning and assessment of learning outcomes. You will complete a capstone or internship project, where you will receive hands-on practice in information literacy instruction. You will also examine teaching and learning from different cultural perspectives and how culture and language play a role in how students learn in different environments. This certificate is designed to be either a stand-alone online program or stacked with our M.A. in Library and Information Science program, requiring only one extra course beyond those required for the M.A., assuming proper course planning. It allows you to complete a distinct specialty that is identified on your transcripts. 
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School of Information -

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge.  At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.

We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Barb Vandervelde
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kathryn Chavez
Director of Graduate Studies
Martin H Fricke
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
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Financial Aid
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day
  • Spring: Month day

International Applicants:

  • Fall: Month day
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International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements


 Minimum number of units required: 12 

Transfer units allowed: 3 UA NDS allowed: 6 

Courses Offered Online? All 

How many units may double-dip with an affiliated degree program?

Required Courses: _12_ units of the following: 

LIS 581 – Information Literacy and Pedagogy (3.00 units) 

LIS 583 – eLearning for Librarians and Other Information Professionals (3.00 units) 

LIS 586 – Learning Design for Librarians and Other Information Professionals (3.00 units) 

LIS 693 – Internship (3.00 units) (Students completing the MA-LIS may use their LIS698 Capstone Internship for their internship requirement) 

Elective Courses


Are substitutions allowed for coursework? Yes, up to 3 units may be substituted with advisor approval. 


 The School of Information will apply the same admissions criteria as it currently does for the M.A. and our other certificate programs. 

 All students will be required to complete all coursework within 4 years. 

 The School of Information will accept up to three units of transfer credit from a graduate program; courses must be approved by the Advisor or Certificate Coordinator. 


Minor Requirements
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Last revised 18 Nov 2019