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School Librarian Licensure

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Impact the future as a school librarian

School librarians are visionary leaders who open windows to the world for today's youth. You can make this kind of impact when you earn your Master of Science in library and information science (LIS) with School Librarian Licensure from the iSchool, a leader in graduate education. Our program combines world-renowned instruction and extensive field experience, which has earned us the #1 ranking in services for children and youth from U.S. News & World Report.

Ruth Shasteen

Completing the MS/LIS with school librarian licensure prepares our graduates for their roles as instructional partners, teachers, school leaders, information specialists, and program administrators in rapidly changing and diverse learning environments. The combination of field experiences and coursework provides practical opportunities to develop skills for meeting the unique needs of PK-12th grade students.

Ruth Shasteen, School Librarian Program Coordinator

What can you expect from our program?

  • The opportunity to create innovative learning environments that reflect diverse and global perspectives
  • The opportunity to contribute to the academic achievement and future success of the next generation
  • Exceptional professional field experiences
  • Customized academic program planning and career guidance
  • The opportunity to pursue a Technology Specialist endorsement for greater specialization

The iSchool is one of three universities in the state of Illinois that offers school librarian licensure.

Simeon Viltz

I would like to incorporate all of my experiences into a new age version of a school library/media center, in addition to implementing multi-intelligence-based programming and restorative practices within public and charter school districts and at the University level.

Simeon Viltz (MS/LIS '00), CAS student; Culture and Climate Specialist at Waukegan (IL) High School

Study on campus or online

Our program meets your needs by providing flexible learning options. You can personally engage with peers and faculty on campus or online in real-time, virtual classrooms. Either way, you'll have access to an exceptional education that offers professional readiness and expanded career choices.

Robyn Whitlock

I spent a great deal of time researching library science degrees, both in-person and online. In the end, I chose the iSchool at Illinois because the program was highly regarded and offered me the flexibility to work full-time while taking classes.

Robyn Whitlock (MS/LIS '20), LMC Director, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois

In addition to several paths for helping you achieve your goal of making a difference as a school librarian, we have the people, courses, and resources to get you there. Your professional success is our priority.

Out-of-State Licensure

Our curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state of Illinois. We are unable to determine if the curriculum meets the educational requirements for any of the remaining U.S. states and jurisdictions. Please visit this website to find other state's requirements, resources, and contact information.

You are encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing agency for your location or wherever you desire to be licensed or certified to seek information and additional guidance. Please be aware that there may be licensure or certification requirements in addition to an academic program's curriculum.

Note: This disclosure is being made in compliance with federal regulation 34 CFR ยง668.43 and the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements Manual.

Questions? Contact us.

Ruth Shasteen
Ruth Shasteen, School Librarian Licensure Program Coordinator