Advanced Certificate Requirements for Current iSchool Students

Current students at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) who are in Special Session have the unique opportunity to earn both a master's degree and advanced certificate concurrently. They can apply the required courses (nine units) for the advanced certificate toward their program requirements for the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program. Starting from spring 2016, students completing both the master's degree and advanced certificate programs will receive a diploma and certificate from San José State University. Learn about one of our MLIS and Digital Certificate graduates.

Eligibility

The Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services is only available to Special Session students enrolled in the SJSU iSchool's MLIS or MARA program. There are no additional admissions applications or program fees for current MLIS or MARA students who also want to earn an advanced certificate. Please note students enrolled in other SJSU iSchool programs or in Regular Session are not eligible to earn the advanced certificate. However, Regular Session students who would like to take advantage of this opportunity may switch to Special Session once they have completed 19 units in their degree program. Information about the advanced certificate program for non-iSchool students can be found on this web page.

Program Requirements

In order to graduate with both a master's degree and the advanced certificate, current SJSU iSchool students must meet the following requirements, in order:

  1. Take three courses (nine units) within one of the advanced certificate program's pathways. All nine units must be taken within one pathway. Total GPA of these three courses (nine units) must be  3.0 or higher.
  2. Successfully pass the INFO 289 MLIS e-portfolio or the MARA 289 MARA e-Portfolio and check that the CR grade for this class has posted to your MySJSU unofficial transcript.
  3. Then, once all grades from the three certificate classes and INFO 289 or MARA 289 have posted to your MySJSU unofficial transcript, submit the Advanced Certificate Audit Form to the Advanced Certificate drop box in the Canvas Advising and Administration site. Contact Sheila Gurtu with questions.

Students who do NOT pass the MLIS or MARA e-portfolio culminating course, but successfully complete the advanced certificate courses, are required to build a WordPress digital portfolio, in order to earn the Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services.

In the digital portfolio, students address the two overarching program learning outcomes and how they meet the criteria, as outlined below:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
    Criteria:
    • Demonstrates knowledge of current and emerging technological issues and trends and their impact on the information professions.
    • Articulates how emerging technologies might impact an information environment.
    • Articulates and demonstrates the ability to design and provide the services that assist people in accessing information in that environment.
  2. Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy to the selection, evaluation, organization, curation, and security of physical and digital information items.
    Criteria:
    • Demonstrates the ability to participate in long-term planning or carry out project management.
    • Shows the ability to market his or her work to users/clientele within or outside of the organization.
    • Shows understanding of how an information professional can be an advocate for a specific information entity.
    • Demonstrates understanding of the concepts that comprise the management of collections of data or digital objects, including selection, evaluation, organization curation and security.

As part of the process of meeting the criteria, students:

  • Discuss what coursework/work experience prepared them for understanding and being able to meet the program learning outcome.
  • Present and discuss each piece of evidence they select (can be from one to four pieces). Explain why they selected this evidence and how it demonstrates their competency and the skills and knowledge they learned.
  • Discuss how they are able to (know how to, or can) apply or transfer skills and knowledge in the future to different [work] situations or environments.