K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

The K-12 LIS Licensure Program is designed for students who wish to work as a school Library Information Specialist in Illinois but DO NOT currently hold a teaching license. Students enrolled in the program will complete the requirements for licensure concurrent with their MS/LIS or CAS degree program.

Individuals interested in school library licensure must FIRST be accepted as an MS/LIS or CAS student at the iSchool. Then students may apply to the K-12 LIS Licensure Program after 8 credit hours of LIS coursework is completed OR in process. Admission to the K-12 LIS Licensure Program will be based on a candidate's academic performance and a demonstrated ability to model the dispositions of a school librarian, as defined by the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Refer to the appropriate link below for information about admission to one of the degree programs.

  • Minimum admission requirements for the MS/LIS program
  • Minimum admission requirements for the CAS program

Submitting Admission Materials

There are different admission requirements for MS/LIS students, CAS students, and alumni. 

If you are a currently enrolled MS/LIS student, you can apply to the K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure Program after 8 credit hours of LIS coursework are completed. Application deadlines are October 1  for spring semester admission and February 15 for summer/fall semester admission. Students must be accepted into the program no later than the semester before registering for the required school practicum course. Applicants may mail or drop off the following materials to the iSchool Admissions Office, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211 OR email ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu:

  • K-12 LIS Licensure Program Application Form
  • A passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency #400 (TAP), which has replaced the Basic Skills Test. Forward your score report via email to the admissions office at ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu. More information about this test, including test dates, locations, registration fees and content can be found on the ILTS web site. As of February 2013, ISBE approved rules that allow prospective candidates to use one of the following assessments in lieu of the TAP. Tests of basic skills scores are valid indefinitely. The handout "TAP or ACT/SAT?" will help you decide which test to take.
    • Illinois Basic Skills Test 096 or 300
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in ELA/Writing, if taken before September 1, 2015)
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 16 in Writing, if taken after September 1, 2015)
    • SAT (with a score of 1030 or higher and a minimum 450 in writing)
    • Applicants wishing to use their ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the TAP must create an ELIS account and have their scores sent directly to ISBE. See the CoTE for testing requirements. For more information please contact the K-12 Program Coordinator.
  • One- to two-page interview essay with a school librarian; only required if the librarian interview that accompanied your MS/LIS application was not with a school librarian
  • One- to two-page "commitment to education" essay

If you are currently enrolled as an MS/LIS student and would like to apply to the CAS program AND K-12 LIS Licensure program, follow the following guidelines:

Submit the CAS application online. Email ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu if you have questions about the application process.

CAS Requirements:

  • A current resume
  • A one- to two-page personal statement indicating a commitment to advanced study, your reasons for seeking the CAS and an outline of a proposed program of study, including possible CAS project areas. It is helpful to include a preliminary literature review or indication of sources consulted related to your topic of interest, and a tentative timeline for completion of the project.
  • One letter of reference from a core faculty member who can address your ability to continue with advanced studies and your potential contribution to the field. The faculty member writing the letter will likely be the person who would support your CAS project work. If this is not the case, you should explain why it's a different person in your statement; and, if feasible, consult with your proposed advisor in conjunction with preparing your application.

K-12 Requirements:

  • K-12 LIS Licensure Program Application Form
  • A passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency #400 (TAP), which has replaced the Basic Skills Test. Forward your score report via email to the admissions office at ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu. More information about this test, including test dates, locations, registration fees and content can be found on the ILTS Web site. As of February 2013, ISBE approved rules that allow prospective candidates to use one of the following assessments in lieu of the TAP. Tests of basic skills scores are valid indefinitely. The handout "TAP or ACT/SAT?" will help you decide which test to take.
    • Illinois Basic Skills Test 096 or 300
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in ELA/Writing, if taken before September 1, 2015)
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 16 in Writing, if taken after September 1, 2015)
    • SAT (with a score of 1030 or above, and a minimum 450 in writing)
    • Applicants wishing to use their ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the TAP must create an ELIS account and have their scores sent directly to ISBE. See the CoTE for testing requirements. For more information please contact the K-12 Program Coordinator.

If accepted to the CAS program you will be instructed to complete a Graduate Petition to change your curriculum code from MS/LIS to CAS.

If you are currently enrolled as an MS/LIS student and have been accepted into the K-12 LIS Licensure program, but want to apply to the CAS program to complete K-12 Licensure Program requirements, follow the following guidelines:

Submit the CAS application online. Email ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu. if you have questions about the application process.

  • A current resume.
  • A one- to two-page personal statement indicating a commitment to advanced study, your reasons for seeking the CAS and an outline of a proposed program of study, including possible CAS project areas. It is helpful to include a preliminary literature review or indication of sources consulted related to your topic of interest, and a tentative timeline for completion of the project.
  • One letter of reference from a core faculty member who can address your ability to continue with advanced studies and your potential contribution to the field. The faculty member writing the letter will likely be the person who would support your CAS project work. If this is not the case, you should explain why it's a different person in your statement; and, if feasible, consult with your proposed advisor in conjunction with preparing your application.

If accepted to the CAS program you will be instructed to complete a Graduate Petition to change your curriculum code from MS/LIS to CAS.

If you received your MS/LIS from the iSchool but are not currently enrolled as a student and want to apply to the CAS/K-12 LIS Licensure Program, you should complete the K-12 application at the same time as applying to the CAS according to the following guidelines:

Submit the CAS application online and email the K-12 application to ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu.

CAS Requirements:

  • A current resume
  • A one- to two-page personal statement indicating a commitment to advanced study, your reasons for seeking the CAS and an outline of a proposed program of study, including possible CAS project areas. It is helpful to include a preliminary literature review or indication of sources consulted related to your topic of interest, and a tentative timeline for completion of the project.
  • Letters of reference from three individuals: at least one from a core faculty member who would be the person supporting your CAS project, and the remainder from employers or LIS professionals.
  • Transcripts (Contact the iSchool Admissions Office for transcripts required).

K-12 LIS Licensure Requirements:

  • K-12 LIS Licensure Program Application Form
  • A passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency #400 (TAP), which has replaced the Basic Skills Test. Forward your score report via email to the admissions office at ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu. More information about this test, including test dates, locations, registration fees and content can be found on the ILTS Web site. As of February 2013, ISBE approved rules that allow prospective candidates to use one of the following assessments in lieu of the TAP. Tests of basic skills scores are valid indefinitely. The handout "TAP or ACT/SAT?" will help you decide which test to take.
    • Illinois Basic Skills Test 096 or 300
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in ELA/Writing, if taken before September 1, 2015)
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 16 in Writing, if taken after September 1, 2015)
    • SAT (with a score of 1030 or higher and a minimum 450 in writing)
    • Applicants wishing to use their ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the TAP must create an ELIS account and have their scores sent directly to ISBE. See the CoTE for testing requirements. For more information please contact the K-12 Program Coordinator.

If accepted into the CAS program, you will be instructed to complete a "Graduate Petition for Re-entry and Change of Curriculum Code" and a "Graduate Student Re-entry Data" form.

Prospective MS Student:

Individuals interested in school library licensure must FIRST be accepted as an MS/LIS or CAS student. Then students may apply to the K-12 LIS Licensure Program after 8 credit hours of LIS coursework is completed OR in process. Please see the admission requirements for the MS/LIS program.

Prospective CAS Student

If you are applying to the School for the first time and you have an MS in LIS from a different school and want to apply to the K-12 LIS Licensure program as a CAS student, you should complete the K-12 application at the same time as applying to the CAS according to the following guidelines:

To apply to the CAS program:

  • Submit the CAS application online. Email ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu. if you have questions about the application process.

To apply to the K-12 program:

  • In the online application, in the third available upload section, upload the two K-12 essays required: an interview with a school librarian and the "commitment to education" essay.
  • In addition, mail the following documents to iSchool Admissions Office, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211 OR email ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu:
  • K-12 LIS Licensure Program Application Form
  • A passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency #400 (TAP), which has replaced the Basic Skills Test. Forward your score report via email to the admissions office at ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu. More information about this test, including test dates, locations, registration fees and content can be found on the ILTS Web site. As of February 2013, ISBE approved rules that allow prospective candidates to use one of the following assessments in lieu of the TAP. Tests of basic skills scores are valid indefinitely. The handout "TAP or ACT/SAT?" will help you decide which test to take.
    • Illinois Basic Skills Test 096 or 300
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 19 in ELA/Writing, if taken before September 1, 2015)
    • ACT Plus Writing (with a minimum composite score of 22 and a minimum 16 in Writing, if taken after September 1, 2015)
    • SAT (with a score of 1030 or higher, and a minimum 450 in writing)
    • Applicants wishing to use their ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the TAP must create an ELIS account and have their scores sent directly to ISBE. See the CoTE for testing requirements. For more information please contact the K-12 Program Coordinator.
  • Contact all colleges and universities attended prior to applying to the School and request that official transcript(s) be sent directly to: iSchool Admissions Office, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211.

Information about resources to assist domestic underrepresented applicants in available here.

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