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Currently, there are many openings in school librarianship in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Requirements for certification vary from state to state, but may normally be met by completing certification requirements within the Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) curriculum.
Completion of the MSLS is required for school librarian certification. Further, all students seeking certification in school librarianship at the University of Kentucky need to hold a valid teaching certificate, or a Teacher Internship Statement of Eligibility or its equivalent. A copy of the teaching certificate or Teacher Internship Statement of Eligibility must be submitted to the School when applying for admission. Photocopies are accepted. Students who do not hold a valid teaching certificate may still enter the regular MSLS degree program, though they will be unable to receive school librarian certification.
Program of Study
The curriculum plan for School Media Librarian P-12 Certification fulfills requirements for certification as a school media librarian in Kentucky. Thirty-six (36) semester hours and successful completion of the M.S.L.S are required for certification. Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and adhere to all requirements of the M.S.L.S. degree (for further information, refer to the School of Library and Information Science Bulletin).
In addition to coursework, students must successfully pass the Praxis II Library Media Specialty Examination. The current degree program includes eligibility for change in rank. The curriculum contract outlines the courses, entrance, and midpoint requirements for school librarian program students.
The limit on transfer hours is six (6) semester graduate hours, except that the limit is nine (9) hours where transfer involves the School’s courses taken in post-baccalaureate status. Requirements for transfer hours include: 1) The hours fulfill requirements of the program, 2) the grade for the hours is a B or above, 3) the hours were obtained in an ALA accredited institution of higher learning, and 4) the hours were completed within eight years prior to the end of the semester in which the student graduates with the M.S.L.S. degree.
Degree Requirements for School Librarian Program Students
The curriculum plan for School Media Librarian P-12 Certification fulfills requirements for certification as a school media librarian in Kentucky. Thirty-six (36) semester hours and successful completion of the M.S.L.S are required for certification. Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and adhere to all requirements of the M.S.L.S. degree.
Did you matriculate under a different plan of study than listed below? Please contact Student Affairs for assistance.
Core Courses (all required)
LIS 600 Information in Society
LIS 601 Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services
LIS 602 Information Representation & Access
LIS 603 Management in LIS
School Library Curriculum
School Library Specialization Requirements (all required)
LIS 644 Administration of School Media Centers
LIS 647: Current Trends in School Media Centers
LIS 655: Organization of Information*
LIS 676: School Media Practicum
LIS 648: Technology in School Media Centers
and choose ONE from these:
LIS 636 Foundations of Information Technology
LIS 634 Information Architecture
LIS 638 Internet Technologies & Information Services
LIS 661 Intro to Data Science**
LIS 662 Data Analysis & Visualization**
LIS 665 Intro to Digital Libraries
LIS 668 Information Systems Design
LIS 690 (any special topics IT course^ OR EDC 600 level technology course)
Eligible EDU 600 level courses include:
EDL 661: School Technology Leadership (3 hours)
EDL 662: Digital Age Learning and Technology Leadership (3 hours)
EDL 650: School Program Improvement (3 hours)
EDL 664: Technology Leadership and School Improvement (3 hours)
EDL 665: School Technology Leadership for Digital Citizenship (3 hours)
Please contact your adviser regarding special topics IT courses before registering to ensure the course fulfills the requirement.
Choose TWO from these:
LIS 610 Library Materials and Literature for Children
LIS 612 Youth Literature for a Diverse Society**
LIS 614 Library Materials and Literature for Young Adults
*There are a handful of courses which, with adviser approval, may be subsituted for LIS 655. See curriculum contract for details.
**This class was formerly an LIS 690 Special Topics course.
School Media Portfolios
All programs require the completion of a portfolio and require a practicum as well. In addition to the LIS Program Exit Portfolio, all students in the school librarian program must complete a School Librarian Certification Portfolio as part of the coursework for LIS 676. Portfolio documents should reflect key knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program. These documents come from a variety of sources and may include entries collected during course work as well as professional development opportunities. Portfolios are finalized during the practicum and reviewed at the conclusion of the candidate's practicum experience. The portfolios are evaluated during the midpoint and final assessments, and must include required entries that document Kentucky's Teacher Standards and the AASL Standards for School Media Librarians. Copies of the Standards can be obtained from the faculty member who is responsible for the practicum or from the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
School librarian students who began the program prior to spring of 2014 should follow the set of MSLS requirements in place when they enrolled (contact Student Affairs if you have questions). For all other students, please observe the list below:
1. Completed the Office Suite Training and submitted confirmation to SLIS
2. Completed 36 hours of coursework for the MSLS degree
3. Completed LIS 600, 601, 602, and 603 before the semester they wish to graduate
4. Fulfilled the IT Requirement for their group before the semester they wish to graduate (see the Degree Requirements page and scroll to the School Media section for a complete list of courses)
5. Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for LIS coursework
6. Successfully completed all School Librarian program requirements and applicable certification items including examinations (i.e., Praxis)
7. Submitted and earned a passing grade on the Portfolio exit requirement and completed all graduation paperwork.
8. Successfully completed and submitted School Librarian certification program portfolio.