Course Requirements

Course Requirements

The courses outlined below cover the competencies required in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards for the Library Information Specialist (school librarian). The core concepts of information access and delivery, teaching and learning, communication, and program administration are addressed within the context of the required courses.

Special focus is placed on the philosophies of elementary, middle, and high schools, along with the developmental psychology of K-12 students. Collaboration with all members of the school learning community and a commitment to scholarship, leadership and service are emphasized.


MLIS + Illinois Professional Educator License with LIS Endorsement (K-12)

The MLIS requires 36 semester hours of coursework. Required courses (listed in the recommended sequence) for the MLIS plus the Illinois Professional Educator License with LIS endorsement (K-12):

  • LIS 701 Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge
  • LIS 704 Reference and Online Services
  • LIS 773 School Libraries
  • LIS 721 Materials for Children
  • LIS 722 Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 724 Integrating Technology into Programming, Services, and Instruction
  • LIS 716 Leadership and Strategic Communication
  • LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS electives: 9 semester hours

Total: 36 semester hours for the MLIS


LIS Endorsement on existing Illinois Professional Educator License
  • LIS 701 Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge
  • LIS 704 Reference and Online Services
  • LIS 716 Leadership and Strategic Communication
  • LIS 721 Materials for Children
  • LIS 722 Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 724 Integrating Technology into Programming, Services, and Instruction
  • LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS 773 School Libraries
  • LIS 729 Clinical Experience—Internship