School Library Information Specialist Endorsement for Certified Teachers

The School Library Information Specialist endorsement program will qualify you to apply for the Information Specialist endorsement through the State of Illinois. The School Library Information Specialist endorsement program is built around the standards of the American Association of School Librarians and the State of Illinois standards for the Library Information Specialist.

About the School Library Information Specialist Endorsement Program

Completing your endorsement in the School Library Information Specialist program will provide you with competencies to develop and administer school library media services in a multicultural and technological society. Admission to the program is limited to teachers who already have a State of Illinois Initial or Standard Teacher certificate.

Courses taken in the School Library Information Specialist endorsement program may be applicable to a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree if you choose to pursue that at a later date.

The School Library Information Specialist coursework meets the standards of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Chicago State University's Library and Information Science program has been granted candidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that the Department of Information Studies' Library and Information Science program has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

 

Admissions Information

  • Admission to the School Library Information Specialist endorsement program in the College of Education is granted to teachers who are fully certified in the state of Illinois with either initial or standard certificates in:
    • Early Childhood (PreK-3)
    • Elementary (K-9)
    • High School (6-12)
    • Special (K-12)
  • Enrollment under this option is limited to courses for professional development and additional licensure.
  • The following do not qualify as an initial or standard teacher certificate for the purposes of automatic admission:
    • Substitute (Type 39)
    • Transitional bilingual (Type 29)
    • Provisional/Provisional Vocational (Type 34)
    • Administrative (Type 75)
    • School Service personnel (Type 73)
  • Teachers with these endorsements must apply for regular admission to the College of Education.

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses

(24 credit hours, plus 1 credit hour exam review course):

Recommended Course Sequence
Foundations of the Information ProfessionsLIS 5050
Information Technology for Libraries and Information AgenciesLIS 5080
Cataloging and ClassificationLIS 5520
Introduction to Reference ServicesLIS 5070
Curriculum and the Media CenterLIS 5130
Literature and Services for Children
LIS 5710
Administration of Media CentersLIS 5120
Literature and Services for Young Adults
LIS 5720
IS Certification Exam Review (not counted towards coursework)
LIS 5185
The following courses are required for students who plan on working in a building that includes grades 5-8 and who do not already have a middle school endorsement.
Philosophy, Curriculum, and Instructional Methods for the Middle SchoolELCF 4440
Adolescent PsychologyPSYC 4210

 


To apply, please contact:

 

Ms. Barbara Belisle
Alternative Route and Graduate Licensure Counselor
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 203
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773.995.2492
Fax: 773.995-3623
Email: bbelisle@csu.edu

 

 For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Black
Chairperson, Department of Information Studies
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 208
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773.995.2598
Fax: 773.821.2441

Dr. Brenda Pruitt-Annisette
School Library Media Program Coordinator
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 208B
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773.995.2003
Fax: 773.821.2441
Email: bpruitt@csu.edu