School Library Information Specialist

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Dr. Lee Allen, Coordinator

Endorsement: School Library Information Specialist

Program Description

The program of study for School Library Information Specialist (SLIS) is a graduate program offered 100% online, and the courses must be part of enrollment towards a Master's degree if a student has not already completed an M.S. or M.A. degree.

The School Library Information Specialist program requires*

  • 6 SLIS content courses
  • an advanced clinical practicum in a school library that may be done on the job if already licensed in another area

*These courses are required for add-on SLIS endorsement or as part of initial teaching licensure; to complete the MS degree there are 3 additional courses. If a student is not certified as a teacher, an additional 2 courses in education are required, as well as other requirements of the Teacher Education Program (TEP). If a student already has a Master's degree, only the courses for school library certification are required.

Any undergraduate degree is acceptable for admission into the program. The program is designed for those people who want to become school library media specialists. It may or may not be acceptable for public library, or other library positions.

Program Enrollment Information

You can enroll as a student and register to take any of the classes at any time, however to be officially admitted in the M.S. degree program, there are two dates during the school year that you can be officially admitted (April 1st for Fall admission; October 1st for Spring admission). Please note: Students can earn up to 12 hours (four 3-hour courses) as non-degree status that can be transferred into your degree program once officially admitted. It is recommended that students take the two SLIS courses offered each semester; by doing so, students could be finished with all required core SLIS courses, including the Practicum (which must be conducted as the final semester), in a year-and-a-half.

There are specific deadlines and requirements for notifying the Office of Clinical Practice of intent to conduct the Practicum; please visit Also, the prospective Library Practicum participant must successfully pass the 5311 Praxis exam prior to the Practicum field experience.

There is no minimum course load; however it is recommended that students take two courses per semester. Please consult the entire course rotation for proper planning.

When registering for the SLIS classes, be sure to register in the M50-designated online course sections. You may need to inform the Registrar that it is part of the Online Master of Science Program of Study with Library Information Specialist endorsement as fees are affected, including out-of-state tuition. Also, all M50 courses require a special permit to insure that program enrollees are provided with appropriate course registration opportunity.

Steps in the Admission Process

  • Visit the ICL Admissions page for questions about admissions to the Graduate School and the ICL Department. You will be seeking admission into the Master of Science (MS) degree with a concentration in Instruction and Curriculum and in endorsement in School Library Information Specialist.
  • If you are not seeking a Master's degree, you should enroll as non-degree seeking. If you decide to enroll in the Master's degree program later, you can transfer up to 12 credit hours (four courses) earned as non-degree status towards your MS degree.
  • Credit hours earned more than six years prior to enrolling cannot be applied towards the program.
  • The COE Graduate Coordinator can answer ICL Masters's program and credit transfer questions.
  • Please see the Graduate Admissions web site to learn more on all other admissions information.
  • The University's Bursar's Office provides current tuition information (be sure to review UM Online fees and tuition if in-state; and eRate fees and tuition if out-of-state.