Nondegree Programs

Keep learning and advancing your career

The iSchool allows students to enroll as nondegree students. You don't have to be formally admitted to the University of Illinois to take iSchool graduate courses, you just need to have earned a bachelor's degree. Our program allows you to experience our courses before you apply to our degree programs—and if you decide to join, you can apply up to 12 graduate credit hours toward our degree requirements. 

Interested students must submit a nondegree application via the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). Please note course descriptions as some courses may be restricted and not available to nondegree students.

Course registration and deadlines

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding course registration and deadlines via email, please subscribe to the iSchool Nondegree Programs listserv

Summer 2024 registration:

Registration for the Summer 2024 semester opens on April 15. Enrollment will close two weeks before the first day of class.

Fall 2024 registration:

Registration for the Fall 2024 semester opens on July 10. More information on classes to come.

Amelia Kmiec

Attending the iSchool as a continuing education [nondegree] student has given me hope in uncertain times. I can learn invaluable knowledge from a stellar program, work with students and staff that have been in my chosen field, and directly apply my knowledge to the work I do every day.

Amelia Kmiec, Branch Services Librarian, Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District

Support for your success

Our commitment to support each student is the same regardless of how many courses you've taken, what path you've chosen, and whether you have completed courses on campus or online. At the iSchool, you can be sure you will have the help you need to be successful. You can enroll in technology orientation workshops to learn to use the software tools needed for your courses, and you can reach our Help Desk as a first point of contact to answer your questions and provide access to the resources you need.

Certificate in Teaching Media Literacy
Every public high school in the state of Illinois is required to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy. Our Certificate in Teaching Media Literacy provides 12 credits of online synchronous classes that will prepare you to teach the media literacy instruction requirements. 

School librarian endorsements

Already have your Illinois teaching license? Want to expand your professional knowledge, lead your library, and create innovative learning environments for your students as a school librarian? You can do both by pursuing a School Librarian endorsement while you are earning your MS in Library and Information Science.

Technology specialist endorsement

Do you have a teaching license? Do you want to use technology to encourage excellence in the instructional environment? A Technology Specialist (TS) endorsement can provide you with the opportunity to do just that.


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