School Library Information Specialist Endorsement for Certified Teachers

The School Library Information Specialist endorsement program will qualify you to apply for the School Library Information Specialist endorsement through the State of Illinois as well as a certificate. The School Library Information Specialist endorsement program is built around the guidelines 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 Certificate program in Urban Informatics and Learning, and a Master of Science in Library Science degree if you choose to pursue that at a later date.

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 seeking accreditation. Pre-candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited by the ALA 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.
Course Requirements
Foundations of the Information Professional LIMS 5340
Information Technology for Libraries and Information Agencies LIMS 5025
Cataloging and Classification LIMS 5020
Introduction to Reference Services LIMS 5360
Curriculum and the Media Center LIMS 5140
Literature and Related Media for Children and Young Adults LIMS 5240
Administration of Media Centers LIMS 5300
Two electives from Library, Information, and Media Studies such as:
Multimedia Production LIMS 5027
Library Automation LIMS 5028
Multicultural Materials LIMS 5230
Information Literacy Instruction LIMS 5330
Management and Organization of Libraries LIMS 5280
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 School ELCF 4440
Adolescent Psychology PSYC 4210

For more information contact:

Dr. John Agada, Director
Information and Media Studies
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive
Education Building, Room 208
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598
jagada@csu.edu
(773)995-2598 - phone
(773)821-2203 - fax