School Library Media Endorsement

Based on Empowering Learners—the national guidelines of the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology—the SOIS program produces graduates with a firm understanding of the roles played by librarians within schools and extended learning communities.

Alternative paths within the School Library Media Program

Students with valid Illinois Professional Educator Licenses may earn a Library Information Specialist endorsement. Interested individuals must independently contact their regional office of education for specific requirements based on their licensure status.

Students with American Library Association-accredited MLIS degrees may enroll in the School Library Media Program to earn the appropriate certification for school library media specialists in Illinois:

  • A minimum of two Dominican University SOIS courses must be completed prior to participation in the clinical experience
  • Graduate transcripts and professional work experience will be reviewed by the program director to assess the courses required to complete certification requirements. SOIS courses that focus primarily on technology or literature that have been taken within five years of enrollment in the School Library Media Program may be applied to the program requirements
  • Post-MLIS applicants applying to the School Library Media Program may qualify for a waiver of some SOIS admission requirements, as well as, pursue a Certificate of Special Study.
  • Refer to the “Admission Information and Student Resources” section for post-MLIS admission procedures.

Curriculum Topics

  • The principles of librarianship in general and service to children and youth in particular
  • Developmental psychology of the child, pre-adolescent and adolescent
  • Information literacy
  • Educator collaboration
  • Integration of the library media program into the school curriculum
  • Instructional technology
  • Resource-based curriculum
  • Program administration, communication and professional development
School Library Media Program at Dominican University

Curriculum

Curriculum

The following nine courses cover the competencies required in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards for the Library Information Specialist

In addition, one of the following clinical experiences is required to complete the clinical practice component of the program:

Degree Requirements

Endorsement requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the concentration area of Library Information Specialist, students must

  • Apply for admittance to the School Library Media Program. This includes application, essay, criminal background check and successful completion of the Illinois Basic Skills exam. Students who were educated outside of the United States need to have official credential evaluations completed by an approved agency at their own expense
  • Complete the nine required courses (total of 27 semester hours)
  • Successfully complete the required Illinois certification tests
  • Develop a program portfolio
  • Complete the clinical practice component of the program including an interview with the coordinator, the submission of a professional autobiography, pre-clinical observation hours, and an internship or student teaching experience in school libraries
  • Meet the professional education requirements of the State of Illinois
  • Attend periodically scheduled information sessions and participate in an exit interview with the program director

Students who do not have valid Illinois teaching certificates must

  • Visit a variety of school library settings for a total of at least 100 pre-clinical observation hours. School librarians and school library aides may apply a maximum of 25 hours from their current work experience
  • Enroll in LIS 728 Clinical Experience I—Student Teaching in order to complete a non-paid supervised clinical experience in two different school library media settings (elementary, middle or secondary) for 200 hours (approximately five weeks) each. Attendance and participation in two seminars are requirements of LIS 728

Students with valid Illinois Professional Educator Licenses must

  • Visit a variety of school library settings for a total of at least 40 pre-clinical observation hours. School librarians and school library aides may apply a maximum of 25 hours from their current work experience
  • Enroll in LIS 729 Clinical Experience II—Internship in order to complete a non-paid supervised clinical experience in two different school library media settings (elementary, middle or secondary) for 80 hours (approximately two weeks) each
  • Attendance and participation in two seminars are requirements of LIS 729

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements are satisfied by

  • Successfully completing an accredited baccalaureate degree prior to entering the School Library Media Program
  • Holding either a valid Professional Educator License OR having successfully completed a college-level course in each of the following areas, taken within five years of enrollment in the School Library Media Program:
    • Educational psychology (3 semester hours)
    • History and philosophy of education (3 semester hours)
    • Exceptional children including learning disabilities (3 semester hours)

Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) requirement are satisfied by

  • Passing three examinations at prescribed times as well as pursue during the program:
    • Test of Academic Proficiency (Code 400) prior to admittance into the School Library Media Program
    • Content-area Test for Library Information Specialist (Code 175) prior to the clinical experience
  • Visit www.il.nesinc.com for more information regarding these exams including test dates and online registration