- Fully online
The School Library Media Licensure non-degree program is intended for students who already hold a teaching license and are interested in working in school libraries. The curriculum comprises coursework in library science, educational technology, management, cataloging and literature. A required practicum provides students the opportunity to apply principles learned in graduate study to real-world experiences and to network with professionals in the field.
This program is one of the three pathways available at Kent State University for students who are interested in obtaining multi-age licensure in school library media through the Ohio Department of Education. The other two pathways are the M.L.I.S. degree in School Library Media K-12 and the dual M.L.I.S. degree with the M.Ed. degree in Educational Technology.
The School Library Media Licensure non-degree program is accredited by the American Library Association and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Official transcript(s)
- GRE scores if total GPA is below 3.0 in highest completed degree1
- Current résumé or curriculum vita
- Student Profile Form
- Application essay
- Statement of exception addressing circumstances and readiness for graduate education
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 525 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 71 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 74 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 50 PTE score
- Minimum 100 Duolingo English test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
In calculating the GPA, all grades from all courses taken at relevant level (bachelor's or master's) from all institutions are required.
Program Learning Outcomes
Completers of this program will be able to:
- Apply the field's foundational theories, principles, values, ethics and skills to everyday practice in a school library context
- Critique and synthesize research and identify appropriate research methodologies to solve problems in the school librarianship field
- Analyze and engage in the changing cultural, educational and social roles and responsibilities of librarians and the educational environments they work in within the global society
- Evaluate systems and technologies relevant to a school librarianship context
- Identify needs and connect K12 stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators) and communities with information that engages and empowers them
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.
|LIS 60607||SCHOOL LIBRARY MANAGEMENT||3|
|LIS 60617||INFORMATION LITERACY FOR YOUTH||3|
|LIS 60624||CATALOGING FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES||3|
|LIS 60626||ENGAGING TEENS||3|
|LIS 60629||ENGAGING SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN||3|
|LIS 60630||REFERENCE SOURCES AND SERVICES FOR YOUTH||3|
|LIS 60792||CULMINATING EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM IN K-12 LIBRARIES||3|
|School Library Media Electives, choose from the following:||6|
|TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY|
|TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING|
|RESEARCH ISSUES IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY|
|MANAGING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE|
|YOUTH LITERATURE IN THE DIGITAL REALM|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||27|
In Ohio, an individual must have attained a currently valid standard Ohio teaching license in order to add the multi-age supplemental library media licensure as an endorsement area. Out of state applicants should verify licensure reciprocity and library media licensure requirements with their state education agencies. Students are responsible for completing licensure paperwork requirements through the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services near the end of or at the conclusion of the program. Exam administered by the Evaluations Systems Group of Pearson is required for licensure.
Applicants interested in obtaining school library media licensure or certification outside the state of Ohio should refer to the requirements established by their state education agencies.