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MLIS Degree Requirements Pre-K Through 12 Library Focus

According to the American Association of School Librarians:

“Today's school librarian works with both students and teachers to facilitate access to information in a wide variety of formats, instruct students and teachers how to acquire, evaluate and use information and the technology needed in this process, and introduces children and young adults to literature and other resources to broaden their horizons. As a collaborator, change agent, and leader, the school librarian develops, promotes and implements a program that will help prepare students to be effective users of ideas and information, a lifelong skill.”

The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies (OU SLIS) is the only American Library Association-accredited master's degree in Oklahoma (continued accreditation) offering a comprehensive degree program through coursework and practical experience. The MLIS degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of completed coursework. To be awarded the MLIS, students must do one of the following end of program assessments in their final semester: pass a comprehensive examination, complete a written thesis, or prepare and defend a portfolio.

Coursework (36 hours, 12 courses)

Below is the OU list of core courses for those seeking a career in a k-12 school librarianship.

NOTE the following for students electing the school librarianship focus:

  • The program is more explanative and prescriptive than others in OU SLIS’s MLIS degree program because it also supports Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) standards and regulations for teaching certification as a school librarian.
  • The program leaves room for only one elective to meet your unique educational objectives and career goals which is selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.
  • The title ‘School Library Media Specialist’ is listed as the state certification title, however, OU SLIS follows the AASL terminology of ‘School Librarian’. Regardless of the title, the OU SLIS MLIS with a K-12 focus prepares you for a career in school libraries!

Required Courses for All MLIS Students (18 hours, 6 courses)

It is strongly recommended that you take the six general core courses listed above BEFORE taking your end of program assessment.

  • LIS 5033 Information and Knowledge Society - taken in the first semester
  • LIS 5023 Management of Information and Knowledge Organizations (pre/corequisite: 5033)
  • LIS 5043 Organization of Information and Knowledge Resources (pre/corequisite: 5033)
  • LIS 5053 Information Users in the Knowledge Society (pre/corequisite: 5033)
  • LIS 5063 Information and Communication Technology (pre/corequisite: 5033)
  • LIS 5713 Research Methods and Evaluation Methods (pre/corequisite: 5033) - generally taken near the end of the program

Required Courses for School Librarian Certification (15 hours, 5 courses)

  • LIS 5183 Information Resources and Services for Children
  • LIS 5193 Information Resources and Services for Young Adults
  • LIS 5283 School Library Administration
  • LIS 5443 Collection Development & Management
  • LIS 5503 Information Literacy & Instruction

Electives (3 hours, 1 course)

Please consult your advisor for the one course from the options listed below that best meets your educational goals:

  • LIS 5253 Community Relations and Advocacy
  • LIS 5403 Cataloging & Classification (recommended for students working in small, rural, and/disadvantaged school districts)
  • LIS 5513 Information Sources & Services
  • LIS 5823 Library/Information Centers Internship (Strongly recommended for those who have no or little practical experiences in schools)
  • A course from the College of Education (recommended for students seeking alternative certification), including but not limited to:
    1. LIS/EIPT5533 Foundations of Learning Sciences
    2. EIPT5183 Motivation and Learning in the Classroom
    3. EIPT5203 Measurement and Evaluation in Education  
  • Any other course that meets specific individual needs with an advisor’s approval  


Electives (3 hours, 1 course)

Please consult your advisor for the one course from the options listed below that best meets your educational goals:

·       LIS 5253 Community Relations and Advocacy

·       LIS 5403 Cataloging & Classification (recommended for students working in small, rural, and/disadvantaged school districts)

·       LIS 5513 Information Sources & Services

·       LIS 5823 Library/Information Centers Internship (Strongly recommended for those who have no or little practical experiences in schools)

·       A course from the College of Education (recommended for students seeking alternative certification), including but not limited to:

o   LIS/EIPT5533 Foundations of Learning Sciences

o   EIPT5183 Motivation and Learning in the Classroom

o   EIPT5203 Measurement and Evaluation in Education 

·       Any other course that meets specific individual needs with an advisor’s approval 

 

Electives (3 hours, 1 course)

Please consult your advisor for the one course from the options listed below that best meets your educational goals:

·       LIS 5253 Community Relations and Advocacy

·       LIS 5403 Cataloging & Classification (recommended for students working in small, rural, and/disadvantaged school districts)

·       LIS 5513 Information Sources & Services

·       LIS 5823 Library/Information Centers Internship (Strongly recommended for those who have no or little practical experiences in schools)

·       A course from the College of Education (recommended for students seeking alternative certification), including but not limited to:

o   LIS/EIPT5533 Foundations of Learning Sciences

o   EIPT5183 Motivation and Learning in the Classroom

o   EIPT5203 Measurement and Evaluation in Education 

·       Any other course that meets specific individual needs with an advisor’s approval 

 

PROCEDURES FOR AN APPLICATION FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIAN CERTIFICATION IN OKLAHOMA

For Students Holding a Teaching Degree

For Students Holding a Teaching Degree

For students who hold a standard teaching certificate, the university may recommend them to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for certification. These students should consult with the College of Education certification representative (405-325-2108) when applying for certification. Information about the traditional path for Oklahoma Teacher Certification is available at: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/traditional-path-oklahoma-teacher-certification

Because school library media certification is an advanced certification (to be added on to a standard teaching certificate), candidates completing the SLIS certification program typically hold a standard teaching certificate and need to take one more exam, the OSAT, for the content area of school library media. Information on this test can be found at: http://www.ceoe.nesinc.com

For Students Who Do Not Hold a Teaching Degree

Students who hold the MLIS degree with a focus on school librarianship may be considered for a non-traditional (alternative) credential upon completion of three exams:

  1. Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
  2. Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT)
  3. Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE)

See OSDE Alternative Certification guidance, effective Nov. 1, 2016, at: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-alternative-placement-program-teacher-certification

For Students Applying FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIAN CERTIFICATION IN OKLAHOMA

If you have a question for OSDE, you may contact the Director f Instructional Materials & Library:

Rebecca Morales, Director of Instructional Materials and Library Media
Phone: (405) 521-3456
Email: rebecca.morales@sde.ok.gov

Or visit the OSDE Teacher Certification website: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/teacher-certification

For Students Applying FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIAN CERTIFICATION OUTSIDE OF OKLAHOMA

Students applying for School Librarian Certification outside to Oklahoma must consult the State Department of Education in the state for which they seek certification.

OU SLIS MLIS END-OF-PROGRAM ASSESSMENT OPTIONS

To meet the requirement of the OU Graduate College, every MLIS student must successfully complete an end of program assessment. For students starting in fall 2021 and later, the options to choose from are the ePortfolio or the master's thesis.

Details about the end of program assessment options are available through the OU SLIS website: http://www.ou.edu/cas/slis/students/mlis/end-of-program-assessment

Students electing the ePortfolio as the end-of-program assessment are strongly recommended to contact their advisor during their first semester of enrollment, as well as each semester of enrollment, to discuss the development and progress of their ePortfolio.

Students selecting the ePortfolio as their end-of-program assessment and seeking Oklahoma School Library Media Certification are encouraged to use the Self-Assessment Surveys (both initial and final assessment surveys) in the development of their portfolio:

Links of Interest

Professional Organizations

Not comprehensive of professional associations related to school librarians

Standards and Guidelines

State and national standards

 

Oklahoma Library Association

Oklahoma School Librarians is also accessible through this site.

Standards for Accreditation of Oklahoma Schools – Standard VII

Oklahoma Technology Association Oklahoma Academic Standards Information Literacy*

American Library Association

·       American Association of School Librarians

·       Young Adult Library Services Association

 

American Association of School Librarians

National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries

 

 

International Society for Technology in Education

*The following Learner, Librarian and School Library Frameworks are excerpted from the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, copyright © 2018 American Library Association. Used with permission. The documents are permissible to use, reproduce, and distribute for private, non-commercial, and educational purposes only for use by Oklahoma educators, librarians, and citizens. Any usage or permission question can be directed to aaslstandards@ala.org. Visit standards.aasl.org for additional resources.