MLIS with School Library Licensure

MLIS with School Library Licensure emphasis (AA Level)

The licensure of school librarians is mandated by state departments of education. Check with your state department of education to verify whether our endorsement is acceptable in your state. The School of Library and Information Science, in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi, College of Education and Psychology, offers the courses required for licensure in Mississippi (see Licensure Guidelines K-12).  Students in other states may contact their State Board of Education to find out about requirements specific for their state (see AASL State-by-State Information).

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 22-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: 22 Credits

  • LIS 505: Cataloging and Classification
  • 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