MLIS in Library and Information Science with Emphasis in Library Media Specialist, Certification

In the Library Media Specialist emphasis area you will develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in school librarianship, culminating in a practicum or internship experience to help strengthen your skills and develop your professional networks. Please visit the Library and Information Science web page for the most current information.

Working with a faculty advisor, each student develops a customized program of study. Your degree will open an array of career options beyond school librarianship, including academic librarianship and public librarianship.

Degree Requirements

for Students Who Already Hold a Teaching Certificate

For students who already hold Missouri teaching certificates, the program consists of 39 credit hours, including 30 credits of required courses. Each student completes a three-credit school library practicum. Elective courses are selected in consultation with faculty advisers.

IS_LT 7301Introduction to Information Technology3
or IS_LT 7320 Emerging Technologies in Libraries
IS_LT 7302Organization of Information3
or IS_LT 7312 Principles of Cataloging and Classification
IS_LT 7305Foundations of Library and Information Science3
IS_LT 7313Collection and Access Management3
IS_LT 7314Reference Sources and Services3
IS_LT 9404School Library Administration3
IS_LT 9406Curriculum and the School Library3
IS_LT 9417Action Research3
IS_LT 9431Children's Library Materials3
or IS_LT 9434 Teen Library Materials
IS_LT 7380School Library Practicum3

for Students Who Do Not Hold a Teaching Certificate

For students who do not hold Missouri teaching certificates, the program consists of 58 credit hours, including 30 credit hours of library and information science content, 18 hours of professional teacher education, and 10 hours of school library practicum and internship

IS_LT 7301Introduction to Information Technology3
or IS_LT 7320 Emerging Technologies in Libraries
IS_LT 7302Organization of Information3
or IS_LT 7312 Principles of Cataloging and Classification
IS_LT 7305Foundations of Library and Information Science3
IS_LT 7313Collection and Access Management3
IS_LT 7314Reference Sources and Services3
IS_LT 9404School Library Administration3
IS_LT 9406Curriculum and the School Library3
IS_LT 9417Action Research3
IS_LT 9431Children's Library Materials3
or IS_LT 9434 Teen Library Materials
IS_LT 7380School Library Practicum (Early Field Experience)1
IS_LT 7380School Library Practicum (Mid-Level Field Experience)2
IS_LT 7380School Library Practicum (Advanced Field Experience)3
IS_LT 9480Internship in Information Science and Learning Technologies (Student Teaching)7
IS_LT 9467Technology to Enhance Learning3
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
LTC 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3

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Graduate Examination Process

In your final semester, you will develop and present a portfolio of your work to demonstrate your mastery of the LIS Student Learning Outcomes. The portfolio contains descriptions of competencies and what they mean to you, explanations of artifacts, and reflections. You should start on your portfolio early in your coursework.

Portfolios can be submitted spring and fall semesters. You will be notified of the submission dates by the SISLT Student Services Office of the specific date at the beginning of your final semester.
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Admissions

Email: sislt@missouri.edu
SISLT Student Services 
304 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-4546 or toll free 877-747-5868

https://sislt.missouri.edu/lis/students/#apply

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: The minimum requirements of the Master of Library & Information Science program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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