School Library Information Specialist Specialization of the M.S. L.I.S. Degree Program

Completing an option within the School Library Information Specialist concentration will prepare you for an exciting career in school librarianship. The competencies you develop in the program will enable you to develop and administer school library media services in a multicultural and technological society.

Admission requirements to the program vary depending on your background. If you do not already have a State of Illinois Professional Educator License, you must apply for admission to the College of Education and complete the professional education and general education sequence necessary for initial teacher licensure.  Licensed teachers may apply for regular graduate admission.

The department currently offers three pathways to becoming a Library Information Specialist recognized by the state of Illinois to work in school libraries.

Option 1. MSLIS for Licensed Teachers.      Current holders of an Illinois Professional Educator License with a teaching endorsement can earn an MSLIS with a Library Information Specialist endorsement valid for grades K -12 through our school library specialization of the MSLIS degree program.

Option 2. Endorsement Only (Non-Degree) for Licensed Teachers.      Current holders of an Illinois Professional Educator License with a teaching endorsement can earn the Library Information Specialist Endorsement through our school library endorsement-only sequence. This is a non-Masters degree option that allows you to teach in a school library for the grade range currently on your license.

Option 3. MSLIS for Non-Teachers (Initial Licensure) .      Applicants without an Illinois Professional Educator License can earn their Illinois Professional Educator License with a Library Information Specialist Endorsement through our MSLIS concentration in School Libraries. This requires an additional professional education sequence including student teaching.  To receive licensure from the state of Illinois and to complete the program under this option, you must also pass the State of Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Library Information Specialist content area exam, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Special K-12).

The School Library Information Specialist concentration meets the standards of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Chicago State University's Library and Information Science program has been granted candidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that the Department of Information Studies' Library and Information Science program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.


General Admission Information

  • Application to the program is through the Graduate School
  • You must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years.

Option 1: MSLIS for Licensed Teachers

  • You are required to submit proof of a passing score report on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or the Illinois Certification test of Basic Skills taken any time since 1987.
  • You are required to posses a valid Professional Educator License with teaching endorsement
  • Students must also complete LIS 5180 Clinical Experiences in School Library Media Centers regardless of prior experience.
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
LIS 5050 Foundations of the Information Professions 3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5060 Organization of Information3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5070 Introduction to Reference Services3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5080 Information Technology for Library and Information Agencies3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5090 Research Methods3 cred. hrs.
Specialization Courses (minimum 16 credit hours)
LIS 5710 Literature and Services for Children3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5720 Literature and Services for Young Adults3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5520 Cataloging and Classification3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5120 Administration of Media Centers3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5130 The Curriculum and the Media Center3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5180 Clinical Experiences in School Library Media Centers1 - 2 cred. hrs.
LIS 5185 Exam Review Course (not counted towards degree)1 cred. hr.
Concluding Courses  (4 - 7 credit hours)
LIS 5980 Thesis Project3 - 6 cred. hrs.
LIS 5990 Capstone Portfolio1 cred. hr.

 

Option 2: Non-Degree Endorsement Only

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses

(24 credit hours, plus 1 credit hour exam review course):

Recommended Course Sequence
LIS 5050 Foundations of the Information Professions3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5080 Information Technology for Libraries and Information Agencies3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5520 Cataloging and Classification3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5070 Introduction to Reference Services3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5130 Curriculum and the Media Center3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5710 Literature and Services for Children
3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5120 Administration of Media Centers3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5720 Literature and Services for Young Adults
3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5185 Licensure Exam Review (not counted towards coursework)
1 cred. hr.
The following courses are required for students who plan on working in a building that includes grades 5-8 and who do not already have a middle school endorsement.
ELCF 4440 Philosophy, Curriculum, and Instructional Methods for the Middle School3 cred. hrs.
PSYC 4210 Adolescent Psychology3 cred. hrs.

 

Option 3: Requirements for MSLIS Candidates Seeking Initial Certification

Candidates seeking initial certification must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Passing score on the test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or equivalent requirement, Library Information Specialist content area exam, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Special K-12)
General Education Requirement (33 -36 credit  hours)

Three credit hours in each: composition II, speech, college level mathematics, biological science and physical science (at least one science course must include a laboratory)

Nine credit hours from at least two disciplines in the humanities: fine arts (art, music, theater) , foreign language, literature, and philosophy
Nine credit hours in the following social sciences: US history or American national government; child and adolescent psychology; and one course from history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, or sociology.
Professional Education Requirement (24 credit hours)
ED 1520 (2 cred. hrs) , ED 2000 (3 cred. hrs), ELCF 5500 (2 cred. hrs.), PSYC 2020 (3 cred. hrs), SED 5301 (2 cred. hrs.), SED 5303 (2 cred. hrs.), and READ 5290 (3 cred. hrs.)
LIS 5190 Student Teaching (6 credit hours)
MSLIS Program and Specialization Course Requirements (minimum 35 credit hours)
LIS 5050 Foundations of the Information Professions3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5060 Organization of Information3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5070 Introduction to Reference Services3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5080 Information technology for Library and Information Agencies3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5090 Research methods in Library and Information Science3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5710 Literature and Services for Children3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5720 Literature and Services for Young Adults3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5520 Cataloging and Classification3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5120 Administration of Media Centers3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5130 Curriculum and the Media Center3 cred. hrs.
LIS 5980 Thesis/Project3 - 6 cred. hrs.
LIS 5180 Clinical Experiences in School Library Media Center1 - 2 cred. hrs.
LIS 5185 Exam Review (not counted towards  degree)1 cred. hr.
LIS 5990 MSLIS Capstone Course1 cred. hr.

 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kimberly Black, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 208
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773.995.2598
Fax: 773.821.2441