The Master of Library and Information Science degree in School Library Media K-12 prepares students to apply for multi-age licensure in school library media. The program curriculum is based on both practice and theory and includes library science and educational technology courses. The theoretical content is aligned with the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians national standards, and the Ohio state standards for school libraries.
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in practical environments through a culminating experience and other options. Graduates are prepared to work in all types of libraries.
Students wishing to apply for the K-12 School Library Media program whose teaching credentials are outside of Ohio should contact the Ohio Board of Education for information on how to obtain their Ohio teaching certification. This does not include students who are concurrently working on their initial Ohio teaching licensure at the time they apply for the K-12 School Library Media program through iSchool. Students not wanting Ohio licensure but wanting licensure in their own state should consult their own state requirements for reciprocity.
Dual Degree: Students also have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.Ed. degree in Educational Technology and the MLIS degree in School Library Media K-12. The M.Ed./MLIS dual degree program leads to multi-age initial licensure in school library media. This program prepares students to work in all types of libraries, including school libraries. The program of study includes professional educational requirements, along with library science and educational technology courses.
Accreditation: This program is accredited by the American Library Association and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
MLIS in School Library Media K-12
- 37 minimum credit hours
- Graduate in as few as 3 semesters
- Appropriate technology and computer literacy skills are essential for each School of Information course. In order to be successful in the program, all incoming students must meet the School of Information computer competencies, as well as its minimum computer hardware, software, and internet access requirements, before the first day of class. For details, students should consult the school’s website
- An electronic portfolio is required to obtain licensure in K-12 School Library Media
MLIS in School Library Media K-12 and M.Ed. in Educational Technology Dual Degree
- 57 minimum credit hours
- About 18 courses
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State’s website for professional licensure disclosure.