Master of Library and Information Science PreK-12

The Master of Library and Information Science program provides prospective school librarians with a concentrated focus appropriate for grades PreK-12. This program is designed for individuals who seek licensure as a school librarian. This program may be appropriate for public librarian training.

The MLIS program is organized as a standardized, peer-group program which means that all candidates in a group will take all courses together. All candidates are assigned for program advising.

The MLIS program consists of 30 semester hours that will be completed in a 15-month period. This program is a blended delivery model with at least one weekend in each course online. An e-portfolio is maintained throughout the program and is presented as part of the Exit Seminar. Throughout the program, candidates complete key assessments as they transition toward completion of the program. Individuals seeking licensure as a school library information specialist must pass the Praxis Specialty Test for Library Media Specialists.

Because the MLIS degree is considered a terminal degree for this area of study, no grade lower than B- will be accepted for graduation. A candidate who makes less than a B- must repeat the course.

Specific admission requirements for applicants for Master of Library and Information Science degree are as follows:

  1. Each applicant will need an email account which will be used regularly for the purpose of communicating with instructors.
  2. Upon notification of acceptance, selected applicants will complete a technology pre-assessment via e-mail prior to first class session.

The admission process must be completed prior to attending the first class session.

Each peer group begins the program with the summer semester. The deadline for application file completion is April 15.

Program of Study for MLIS

Required Courses

MLI 5000Professional and Ethical Issues

3

MLI 5020Information Technologies II

3

MLI 5030Knowledge Environment

3

MLI 5040Fiction/NonFiction Resources for Children and Young Adults

3

MLI 5050Research Tools and Strategies

3

MLI 5060Knowledge Management

3

MLI 5070Knowledge Leadership

3

MLI 5080Collection Development and Organization

3

MLI 5600Exit Assessment/E-Portfolio

0

 

MLI 5090Professional Practice

6

or

MLI 5200Enhanced Student Teaching

6

Total Credit Hours:30

MLI 5090 and MLI 5200: Includes a required field experience. Field experiences and clinical practice provide evidence that students are learning when being taught by candidates. In order to participate in mandatory experiences, all candidates will be required to undergo a background check and be fingerprinted, at their own expense, prior to beginning the first class.

Initial Licensure as School Library Media Specialist

Individuals who do not hold a teaching certificate and who are seeking initial licensure as a school library information specialist only (not as a classroom teacher) must complete course requirements in addition to the 30 hours required in the master’s of library and information science program. Courses will be assigned with a transcript evaluation.

Clinical practice (student teaching) is required to be in two library settings full-time for fifteen weeks in lieu of the 200-hour professional practice required by the MLIS degree coursework. Clinical practice (student teaching) will occur in the spring semester prior to completion of MLIS coursework during the summer semester or in the fall semester following completion of the MLIS coursework.

Endorsement Option

This option is designed for those who hold a valid Tennessee teaching certificate in another teaching area and a master's degree in education. To have "Library Media Specialist PreK-12" added to a teaching certificate, a candidate must successfully complete the requirements of the 12 hours of coursework and 6 hours of field experience as prescribed by the Tennessee Department of Education and pass the required Praxis test for Library Media Specialist with a score established by the Tennessee Department of Education. Candidates must also take a Children and Young Adult Literature course if one has not been taken previously for a total of 21 hours. Further, candidates must be recommended for licensure by the Trevecca Certification Officer.

Required Courses

MLI 5000Professional and Ethical Issues

3

MLI 5040Fiction/NonFiction Resources for Children and Young Adults

3

MLI 5050Research Tools and Strategies

3

MLI 5060Knowledge Management

3

MLI 5080Collection Development and Organization

3

MLI 5090Professional Practice

6

Total Credit Hours:21

MLI 5040: Required if do not have previous children/adolescent literature course determined by transcript analysis

MLI 5090: 200 hours. Includes a required field experience. Field experiences and clinical practice provide evidence that students are learning when being taught by candidates. In order to participate in mandatory experiences, all candidates will be required to undergo a background check and be fingerprinted, at their own expense, prior to beginning the first class.