Student Requirements

Students enrolled in the Post-Master's Certificate program at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information must meet the following requirements in order to complete the program and earn their Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science:

  • Complete all 16 units within three years
    Completion of the required 16 units and outcomes assessment must occur within three years. Post-Master's students may take one semester leave without penalty (summer is not included). Students not enrolled for two consecutive semesters, i.e. fall and spring or spring and fall semesters, will be dropped from the program and must re-apply. Summer semester enrollment does not count toward the consecutive enrollment rule.
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average, which is an average grade of "B"
  • Demonstrate their mastery of the Post-Master’s Certificate's overarching program learning outcomes (effective for students beginning in Fall 2014) 

All certificate students must meet the School's Technology Literacy Requirements, must prepare their Home Computing Environment and understand the Application Software requirements necessary for working in our online learning environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies
  • Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information

Students entering from Fall 2014 onwards will demonstrate their mastery of the program learning outcomes by:

  • Selecting a communications technology tool of their choice (e.g. screencast, blog)
  • Using the selected communications technology tool to briefly illustrate how their course work helped them address the Post-Master’s Certificate program  learning outcomes

Students should save their class work examples throughout the certificate program, in order to be able to link to class work products in their Program Learning Outcomes assignment.

Rubric of Post-Master's Certificate Learning Outcomes Assessment

  4 3 2 1
Introductory Statement
Introduce personal educational goals for completing the Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science in the context of your career pathway and goals.
A thoughtful statement is presented with substantial evidence of independent thought. Shows original thought, new ideas and insights. Introduction clearly states personal learning objectives. Introduction is provided, but no reference to the personal learning goals set out in context of the career pathway.
Data Presentation
Present your course work in the context of your goals. Demonstrate how the coursework (1) helps you identify, use and evaluate current and emerging technologies, and how you (2) use service concepts, principles and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant and appropriate information.
Posits evidence in a sophisticated explanation with integration of theory and research in the LIS field. Visual representations, tables, photos, essays, links to presentations, websites or other service products or tools are properly identified, self-descriptive, and informative. Subject knowledge appears to be good, but lacks concrete examples. Content is minimal. There are several factual errors. Uses other people's ideas (sometimes giving them credit), but there is little evidence of original thinking.
Organization Makes excellent use of technology to illustrate points in a structured, fluid presentation. Structure of work is clearly organized. Content is logically organized and presented without grammatical errors. There was little clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts. Product contains spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Conclusion / Reflection Creative and original analysis of learner outcomes on individual’s philosophy and professional practice. Shows evidence of connections across class topics and application of theories in LIS settings. Reflection is offered within the context of knowledge, skills and experiences gained from coursework. Shows limited understanding of program learning outcomes on individual student growth.

Possible: 16; Passing: 12