The Department of Library Science at East Carolina University has been granted precandidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Precandidacy status is an indication that the Department of Library Science at East Carolina University has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Precandidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.
The program is approved as meeting the requirements of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for licensure as a school library media coordinator. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the program is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association (NCATE-ALA/AASL).
Update of East Carolina University Department of Library Science's ALA Accreditation Process
May 9, 2009 ECU MLS Program Receives Extension of Pre-Candidacy
ECU MLS program representatives met with the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation (COA) on April 17, 2009 to request an extension of the pre-candidacy status. The representatives included Dr. Linda Patriarca, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Sandra Warren, Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Dr. Larry Nash White, Interim Co-Chair and MLS Program Director.
The COA voted unanimously to extend the pre-candidacy status of our MLS program for three years to allow the program to complete the candidacy request process. This provides the MLS program with up to three additional years to complete the candidacy process, which is the second of the three steps to the initial awarding of accreditation from COA. The program completed the first stage, pre-candidacy in fall 2005 and has been working in every capacity to progress to initial accreditation since that time. The last step is the final presentation and site visit which will be scheduled after the candidacy process is completed.
The ALA accreditation process is a 5-7 year process begun in 2005 by the program for our public and academic pathway students. The school media pathway is already accredited and approved by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).