Completing the Master of Science in Library Science program with a School Library
Information Specialist concentration will prepare you for a career in school librarianship.
The competencies you develop in the program will enable you to develop and administer
school library media services in a multicultural and technological society.
Admission requirements to the program vary depending on your background. If you do
not already have a State of Illinois Initial or Standard Teacher certificate, you
must apply for admission to the College of Education and complete the professional
education and general education sequence necessary for initial teacher certification.
Teachers already certified apply for regular graduate admission.
Once you have completed the MSLS program with a School Library Information Specialist
concentration, you will qualify to apply for the State of Illinois Initial or Standard
Library Information Specialist Certificate (K-12, Type 10). To receive certification
and to complete the program, you must pass the State of Illinois Certification Tests
in Basic Skills, Library Information Specialist, and Assessment of Professional Teaching
The School Library Information Specialist concentration meets the standards of the
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Chicago State University has been granted pre-candidacy status by the Committee on
Accreditation of the American Library Association. Pre-candidacy status is an indication
that the Chicago State University department of Library, Information, and Media Studies
has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively
Pre-candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited by ALA nor does it
guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.
- Application to the program is through the Graduate School
- You must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
- All degree requirements must be completed within six years.
Program Requirements Applicable to Teachers Who Are Already Certified
- You are required to submit proof of a passing score report on the Illinois Certification
test of Basic Skills taken any time since 1987.
- Students seeking a Type 10 certificate must also complete LIMS 5005—Clinical Experiences
in School Library Media Centers regardless of prior experience.
Candidates seeking initial certification must satisfy requirements in general and
professional education as follows:
- Three credit hours in each: composition II, speech, college level mathematics, biological
science and physical science (at least one science course must include a laboratory)
- Nine credit hours from at least two disciplines in the humanities: fine arts (art,
music, theater) , foreign language, literature, and philosophy
- Nine credit hours in the following social sciences: US history or American national
government; child and adolescent psychology; and one course from history, geography,
economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, or sociology.
- One course incorporating multicultural or global perspectives
- Professional education courses including: ELCF 1520, ELCF 2000, ELCF 4500, PSYC 2020,
SED 5301 and SED 5303; READ 3700, LIMS 5004, and LIMS 5005.
|Foundations of the Information Professions
|Introduction to Reference Services
|Cataloging and Classification
|Information Technology for Library and Information Agencies
|Management and Organization of Libraries
|Literature and Related Media for Children and Young Adults
|Administration of Media Centers
|The Curriculum and the Media Center
|Clinical Experiences in School Library Media Centers
|Two Electives are required. Talk to your Advisor.
Dr. John Agada, Director Department of Library, Information, and Media Studies
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 208
Chicago, IL 60628-1598