Course Requirements

The courses outlined below cover the competencies required in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards for the Library Information Specialist. 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 secondary 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 Library Materials for Children
  • LIS 722 Library Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 724 Media Services and Production
  • LIS 716 Leadership and Strategic Communication
  • LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS Electives: 9 semester hours

Total: 36 semester hours

Clinical Practice:

Additionally, one of the following clinical experiences is required to complete the clinical practice component of the program. These course numbers do not carry course credit but appear on your transcript.

  • LIS 728 Clinical Experience I—Student Teaching (For candidates without a current valid Illinois Professional educator License)
  • LIS 729 Clinical Experience II—Internship (For candidates with a current valid Illinois Professional educator License)

LIS Endorsement to supplement Type 03 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 Library Materials for Children
  • LIS 724 Media Services and Production
  • LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS 773 School Libraries

Students are encouraged to take LIS 729 Clinical Experience—Internship.


LIS Endorsement to supplement Type 04 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 Library Materials for Children
  • LIS 724 Media Services and Production
  • LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS 773 School Libraries

Students are encouraged to take LIS 729 Clinical Experience—Internship.


LIS Endorsement to supplement Type 09 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 722 Library Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 724 Media Services and Production
  • LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries
  • LIS 773 School Libraries

Students are encouraged to take LIS 729 Clinical Experience—Internship.

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