School Library Information Specialist Endorsement

Already have your Illinois teaching license? Want to expand your professional knowledge, lead your library, and create an innovative learning environment as a school librarian?

The School Library Information Specialist endorsement program will qualify you to apply for 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. 

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 valid State of Illinois Professional Educator License. (For those seeking initial licensure, see option #3 here.)

Courses taken in the School Library Information Specialist endorsement program may be applicable to a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree upon admission. A minimum of six additional courses plus the portfolio is required.

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Admissions Information

  • Admission to the School Library Information Specialist endorsement program is available to teachers who hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License with a teaching endorsement.
  • Enrollment under this option is limited to courses for professional development and additional licensure.
Recommended Course Sequence (18 credit hours)
Initial:
LIS 5050 Foundations of the Info Professions (or sub LIS 5650 UX Experience/Design)
LIS 5120 Administration of Media Centers
LIS 5130 Curriculum and the Media Center
One or two of:
LIS 5710 Literature and Services for Young Adults
LIS 5720 Literature and Services for Children
One or two courses (to complete 18 credit hours):
LIS 5060 Organization of Information
LIS 5070 Introduction to Reference Services
LIS 5080 IT for Libraries and Information Agencies
LIS 5090 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
LIS 5110 Communications and Media Centers
LIS 5530 Metadata and Cataloging
LIS 5670 Information Literacy Instruction
LIS 5700 History of Literature for Children and Young Adults
LIS 5750 Seminar in Multicultural Materials
LIS 5900 Seminar in Trends and Problems in Librarianship
 Other LIS courses may also be used. Consult with your academic advisor about substitutions.

 

Technology Specialist Endorsement

Do you want to use technology to encourage excellence in the instructional environment? The Technology Specialist endorsement program will qualify you to apply for endorsement through the State of Illinois.

What does a technology specialist do?

  • Creates innovative learning environments for youth
  • Provides resources, strategies, and connections for teaching professionals to maximize student learning
  • Develops a shared vision for technology integration
  • Demonstrates and promotes digital citizenship
  • Develops technology-related professional learning programs and evaluates their impact

Admissions Information

  • Admission to the Technology Specialist endorsement program is available to teachers who hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License with a teaching endorsement.
  • Enrollment under this option is limited to courses for professional development and additional licensure.
  • A total of 18 credit hours is required. Courses are selected with the support of an academic advisor.  

Admission to endorsement programs is available every semester. Coursework may be completed entirely online; and it is offered by faculty who teach our graduate programs. Upon completion of endorsement coursework, candidates take a content area test administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). Information about CSU's Test Center is available here

*The Master of Science in Library and Information Science program at Chicago State University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Initial accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2026.

For additional information about endorsement or to apply, please contact:

Ms. Barbara Belisle
Licensure Office
Education Building, Room 203
Phone: (773)995-2492