MS with School Library Certification

Master of Science (General Program of Study) with School Library Certification

The general program of study is intended to prepare graduates to succeed in a wide range of library and information science positions. In addition to the three core courses, the student must take one elective course and the School Library Certification courses to complete 36 credit hours. To include the School Library Certification, the course selection is predetermined.  Other requirements for School Library Certification are found on the certification pages, please see the School Library Certification page for more information.

Note: If you are applying for school library certification along with applying for the Master's degree program, be sure to apply as Pre-Teacher/Professional Certification: Grad Non-Degree.  Contact or 940/565-2445 if you have any questions.

General Requirements
  1. Total coursework is 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Add three credit hours of practicum, INFO 5090.999/998 which must be completed. This practicum experience cannot be waived for the School Library Certification program.
  3. During the final semester before graduation, apply for, take and pass the the Comprehensive examination, OR complete the two Advanced Seminar courses (INFO 5970 & INFO 5980) to meet the End of Program requirement. 

School Library Certification varies from state to state but completion of the required sequence of courses listed below has been acceptable to meet the competencies required in all states.

In Texas, the requirement to work as a School Librarian includes:

  1. Two years as an Early Childhood-12th grade classroom teacher.
  2. A Master’s degree.
  3. Completion of an approved program in librarianship (courses must be no more than five years old when application is made for School Library Certification).
  4. Passing score on the TExES exam for School Librarianship (exam administered by the state).
Category # of Courses # of Hours

Master’s Required Core Courses

3 9
INFO 5000 - Introduction to the Information Profession
INFO 5200 - Introduction to Information Organization
INFO 5600 - Introduction to Information and Access Retrieval

3 hours each

Elective courses

Any graduate course of your choice. Courses outside the program must be approved by an adivisor.

1 3

Certification Courses in Recommended Sequence

A grade of B or better in all courses is required for certification.

  1. INFO 5001 School Librarianship
  2. INFO 5720 Instructional Materials Production and Use
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  3. INFO 5208 Learning Resources Organization and Media
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  4. INFO 5405 Advanced Information Resources Development
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  5. INFO 5420 Literature for Youth
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  6. INFO 5050 Trends and Practices in School Libraries
    Pre-requisite: INFO 5208
  7. INFO 5340 Learning Resource Centers and Services
    Pre or Co-requisites: INFO 5050
  8. INFO 5345 Library Operation and Policy Development
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5050
Total Coursework 12 36
  1. INFO 5090.999 Practicum (5090.998 for out of state)
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5340. This course does not count as credit hours towards your masters degree. 
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