K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure

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Studies consistently show that students achieve higher test scores and greater academic success when they have access to fully staffed, effective school libraries. The Master of Science in Library and Information Science/K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure program combines top-rated classroom instruction with extensive field experience in school libraries across the state of Illinois. Our program ranks highly among those in the nation focusing on services for children and youth as well as school library media.

As a student in our program, you will:

  • Engage in a supervised field experience at an approved school library site
  • Complete student teaching in both an elementary and secondary school library setting
  • Create innovative learning environments that reflect diverse and global perspectives
  • Learn how to effectively apply and integrate technology in schools
  • Receive customized academic program planning and career guidance

Depending on your background and what credentials you have already earned, there are several different paths toward library licensure. The prerequisites for and outcomes of these different paths are outlined below. If you hold an out-of-state teaching license, contact your local Regional Office of Education (ROE) for information on how to obtain an Illinois teaching license. For information about each state's school library licensure requirements, go to the School Library Monthly website.

The best thing I learned during my time at the iSchool is that my educational journey is never over. There are still things to learn, changes to make, and improvements to implement. The library is constantly growing and changing—just like the middle school students I serve.
Kim Anderson (MS '07, CAS '09), librarian at Jefferson Middle School

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If you do not have a teaching license... MS/K-12 LIS Licensure Program

Admission Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Apply to MS/LIS.
Apply to Licensure Program after completion of 8 hours

Coursework: 40 hours of required LIS courses, 1 Special Education course

Field Experience: 100-hour practicum, 16 weeks of student teaching

Tests: Test of Academic Proficiency or ACT plus Writing or SAT (for admission), LIS Content Area Test (for licensure) - See admission requirements for more information

Number of Semesters Needed (Summers counted as a semester):

  • Full-time: 5-8 semesters
  • Part-time: Must be completed within 5 years

On-campus/Leep: LIS courses offered on-campus and via Leep. Special Education course on-campus or pre-approved at other institutions.

Outcomes:

  • Earn an MS in Library and Information Science
  • Earn a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Special (K-12) LIS Endorsement
If you have an Illinois teaching license… Earn LIS Endorsement as an MS/LIS student

Admission Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Apply to MS/LIS.

Coursework: 40 hours of required LIS courses, including 24 hours of recommended courses for the endorsement

Field Experience: None required, but practicum is strongly recommended

Tests: LIS Content Area Test

Number of Semesters Needed (Summers counted as a semester):

  • Full-time: 3-4 semesters
  • Part-time: Must be completed within 5 years

On-campus/Leep: Courses offered on-campus and via Leep

Outcomes:

If you have an Illinois teaching license… Earn LIS Endorsement as a continuing education student

Admission Requirements: Bachelor’s degree. No application necessary. Complete "Request to Enroll" form to indicate interest.

Coursework: 24 hours of recommended LIS courses (LIS 403, 404, 445, 504 or 590YR, 505, 506, 507 or 590 CBL, 515, 516)

Field Experience: Not available

Tests: LIS Content Area Test

Number of Semesters Needed (Summers counted as a semester):

  • Full-time: 2-3 semesters
  • Part-time: 3-6 semesters

On-campus/Leep: Courses offered on-campus and via Leep

Outcomes: Earn an LIS Endorsement on a current Illinois PEL

Contact Us

For questions about the K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure program, contact Ann Ohms, K-12 program coordinator, at (217) 300-9934, annohms2 [at] illinois.edu

MS LIS application deadlines. Applicants for K-12 licensure must have completed and/or be currently enrolled in 8 credits hours in LIS coursework to apply for the K-12 licensure program. Students must apply into the K-12 licensure program by October 1 for spring semester admission and by February 15 for fall/summer admission. 

 

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