MLIS with School Library Licensure

MLIS with School Library Licensure emphasis (AA Level)

To obtain a license following completion of this program, you will need to first obtain an initial license in Mississippi and then apply for an out-of-state license in your state of residence. Each state has specific requirements for licensure: some examples of additional requirements are additional coursework, distinct test scores, and criminal background checks

If you have questions regarding licensure, please contact Jennifer Wild (Phone: 601.266.5522 E-mail: Jennifer.Wild@usm.edu). You may also speak directly with the state Department of Education: a list of each such department broken down by state is available on the following website: https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html

Students who plan to use the master's degree in library and information science for Class AA licensure should complete the following courses in addition to the MLIS required core courses (41 credit hours):

  • LIS 589: School Library Practicum instead of LIS 511: Collection Development

  • LIS 508: School Libraries
  • LIS 516: Technology in the School Library
  • LIS 607: School Library and the Curriculum
  • Choose two of the following three courses:LIS 517: Children's LiteratureLIS 518: Young Adult Literature, or LIS 590: Library Instruction.

MLIS with School Library Licensure Plan of Study: mlis_licensure.xls

 

Supplemental Endorsement for School Library Licensure (AA Level for those with MLIS or other master's degree) 

SLIS offers a 21-credit hour Supplemental Endorsement for School Librarians to add to an existing teaching credential, which can be completed online. Courses have real-time chat requirements. If you are interested in the endorsement, please contact the School of Library and Information Science.

Required Courses: 21 Credits

  • LIS 505: Cataloging and Classification
  • LIS 511: Collection Development or LIS 589: School Library Practicum
  • LIS 508: School Libraries
  • LIS 516: Technology in the School Library
  • Choose two:  LIS 517: Children's Literature, LIS 518: Young Adult Literature, or LIS 590: Library Instruction.
  • LIS 607: School Library and the Curriculum