MS/ISBE Endorsements

I learned so much about the philosophy behind being a school librarian and valuing youth for their opinions and the amazing skillsets that they come into the library with already. I got to meet other people interested in becoming school librarians and came away with a cohort of people that I can always come back to, troubleshoot with, and bounce ideas around with.
– Lauren Gray (MS '17), school librarian for Sunset Ridge School in Northfield, IL

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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issues endorsements on a Professional Educator License (PEL). iSchool coursework is accepted for two ISBE content area PreK-12 endorsements: Library Information Specialist and Technology Specialist (TS). Students who work toward completion of a School Librarian (SL) endorsement at the iSchool are eligible to apply for the PreK-12 Library Information Specialist endorsement on an existing Illinois Professional Educator license.

For MS/LIS students seeking either endorsement on their current teaching license, 24 credit hours of content coursework and a passing score on the applicable content area test are required. The content coursework can be part of the required 40 hours for the MS/LIS degree.

The following information is specific to the state of Illinois requirements for licensed teachers. We advise out-of-state teachers to contact their State Board of Education to find out what the requirements are for equivalent endorsements.

SL Endorsement | TS Endorsement | How to Apply

School Librarian (SL) Endorsement

To be eligible to work as a licensed school librarian in Illinois, individuals who currently hold a Professional Educator License must take 24 semester hours of Information Science courses, pass the Library Information Specialist Content Area Test (#175) and apply to add the PreK-12 Library Information Specialist endorsement via the Educator Licensure Information System. The LIS Content Area test is administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System.

SL Endorsement Coursework

Students interested in working as a licensed school librarian may complete endorsement coursework via the School of Information Sciences. IS 516: School Library Media Center is a required 4-credit course for students seeking this endorsement. Practicum in a school library is not required, but it is highly suggested.

Recommended coursework

IS 516: School Library Media Center (4 credit hours) (required) 
IS 403: Literature & Resources for Children (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 404: Literature & Resources for Young Adults (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 409: Storytelling (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 445: Information Books and Resources for Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 504: Reference & Information Services (4 credit hours)
IS 505: Admin & Management of Libraries & Info Centers (4 credit hours)
IS 506: Youth Services Librarianship (4 credit hours)
IS 515: Media Literacy for Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590CBL: Cataloging for School Libraries (2 credit hours)
IS 590MY: Global Contexts and Social Justice in Youth Literature (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590YR: Youth Reference Services (2 credit hours)
IS 591 AMO: Practicum (in a school library) (2 credit hours)

Other relevant courses include:

IS 446: Fantasy Literature & Media for Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 451: Introduction to Network Information Systems (4 credit hours)
IS 458: Instruction and Assistance Systems (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 490IL: Informal Learning Spaces and Pedagogy (4 credit hours)
IS 490TE: Introduction to Technology in LIS (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 490YS: Youth Services Community Engagement (2 credit hours)
IS 507: Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata (4 credit hours)
IS 508: Collection Development (4 credit hours)
IS 514: History of Children’s Literature (4 credit hours)
IS 527: Literacy, Reading and Readers (4 credit hours)
LIS 548: Library Buildings (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590CL: Comics in Libraries (2 credit hours)
IS 590CR: Comics: Advising Child and Adult Readers (2 credit hours)
IS 590DYO: Digital Citizenship and Youth (2 or 4 credit ahours)
​IS 590EYO: Educational Technology and Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590IBL: Inquiry-Based Learning (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590IF: Intellectual Freedom and Library Services for Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)

Technology Specialist (TS) Endorsement

To add a Technology Specialist (TS) endorsement to an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), ISBE requires teachers to pass the Technology Specialist Content Area Test (#178) and take 24 semester hours of TS courses. The TS Content Area test is administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System.

TS endorsement coursework

With completion of 24 hours of IS coursework and a passing score on the Technology Specialist #178 Content Area Test, students are eligible to apply for a PreK-12 Technology Specialist endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). ISBE will accept any of the following courses:

IS 451: Introduction to Networked Information Systems (4 credit hours)
IS 452: Foundations of Information Processing in LIS (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 453: Systems Analysis and Management (4 credit hours)
IS 458: Instruction and Assistance Systems (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 490DB: Introduction to Databases (4 credit hours)
IS 490IL: Informal Learning Spaces and Pedagogy (4 credit hours)
IS 490TE: Introduction to Technology for LIS (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 515: Media Literacy for Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590ELL: E-Learning (4 credit hours)
IS 590DYO: Digital Citizenship and Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590 EYO: Educational Technology and Youth (2 or 4 credit hours)
IS 590II: Interfaces to Information Systems (4 credit hours)
IS 590LW: Web Design and Construction for Organizations (4 credit hours)
IS 590NA: Network Analysis (4 credit hours)
IS 590PV: Privacy in the Internet Age (4 credit hours)

How to apply for an endorsement

You must apply for additional endorsements directly through the Illinois State Board of Education, via your ELIS account. Please be advised, it is best to use Safari or Internet Explorer when accessing your ELIS account.

  1. View the requirements for Illinois licensure to determine what endorsements and grade levels are available so you apply appropriately.

  2. Log into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). Click “Apply for a New License, Endorsement, or Approval” on the ELIS home screen and complete the application wizard. The wizard will collect an application fee via credit card before the application is submitted.

  3. Send an official* transcript to either address:

    • transcripts [at] isbe.net

    • Illinois State Board of Education

    • Educator Licensure

    • 100 N. 1st Street

    • Springfield, IL 62777

For more information

Contact the Admissions Office with questions about the admissions process: (800) 982-0914 or (217) 333-7197, or see the Admissions section of our website. For questions regarding the SL or TS endorsement, e-mail ischool-advising [at] illinois.edu or contact Ann Ohms, program coordinator, at annohms2 [at] illinois.edu.

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