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Library Information Specialist Endorsement (online)

While technology races into the future, libraries remain vital and thriving – hard-cover books and all. If you see you next chapter set in a library, our online Library Information Specialist concentration (with endorsement or K-12 entitlement options) will prepare you to succeed and lead in keeping libraries crucial in society. An LIS endorsement requires 24 semester hours in library/media related courses; if you're seeking a Middle Grades endorsement, you'll take two more courses. You can work toward the entitlement if you already hold an Illinois Professional Educator License and are pursuing your master's degree in Instructional Technology.

Admission Requirements

If you hold a baccalaureate degree (or higher), submit your application and application fee, letters of recommendation, official test scores (GRE or MAT), a statement of purpose and official transcripts from all institutions attended.

All application materials must be uploaded through CollegeNet. View instructions on how to create your own account.

Course Selection

  • ETT 504 Cataloging and Classification
  • ETT 507 Collection Development  or 
    • ETT 541 Library Services for Children
  • ETT 508 Reference Theory and Practice
  • ETT 523 Media for Young Adults
  • ETT 527 Library Materials for Children
  • ETT 533 School Library Media Centers
  • ETT 542 Information Access and Social Responsibilities for Library Information Specialists
  • ETT 510 Instructional Media and Technology
  • ETT 530 IT Tools or other approved production course

Successful completion of the LIS Content Exam

Additional courses for MS Ed in Instructional Technology and K-12 LIS entitlement:
  • ETT 511 Advanced Media Design or
    • ETT 531 Visual Literacy
  • ETT 569 Practicum or
    • ETT 586 Internship
  • ETR 520 Introduction