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School Library Media Program
The Dominican University School Library Media Program prepares school librarians for service at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. Completion of the approved entitlement program qualifies students to apply for an Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement (K-12) in the concentration area of Library Information Specialist. SOIS also collaborates with Dominican's School of Education to offer a Technology Specialist Endorsement.
Download an SLMP application (this is in addition to the regular SOIS application and may be filed after your acceptance to SOIS)
Download an SLMP progress packet (this outlines the steps to IL professional educator licensure and endorsement in media K-12)
Foundations of the School Library Media Program
The School Library Media Program is grounded in "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs," the national guidelines of the American Association of School Librarians; in the Illinois content area standards for the library information specialist, in the Common Core State Standards, in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS) and in the Dominican School of Education’s conceptual framework centered on the core values of scholarship, leadership and service.
Through completing the School Library Media Program, candidates learn the principles of librarianship in general and service to children and youth in particular. Integral topics include:
- Developmental psychology of the child, pre-adolescent, and adolescent
- The philosophy of education for the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels
- Design of inquiry-based curriculum and curriculum integration and development in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings
- Information literacy
- Educator collaboration
- Instructional technology
- Program administration, communication and professional development
Graduates acquire a firm understanding of the roles of the school librarian and the library media program within the school context and the extended school learning community, and become educational leaders in their schools, districts, and library systems.
What is the difference between the learning experience in this program and that in other school library media programs?
- First, Dominican is strong in children's literature and services to children and young adults (#12 in the nation, per U.S. News and World Report). The Butler Children's Literature Center, a collaborative partnership among SOIS, the School of Education, and the Rebecca Crown Library offers opportunities to learn first-hand about literature for children and young adults.
- Second, the Dominican University network at the local, regional, state and national levels enables an extensive base of knowledge and expertise for our students' benefit. The program is designed, managed and taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field. Adjunct faculty come to us from school districts that support state-of-the-art instructional technology; these districts also offer high-quality, beneficial clinical practice placements.
- Third, we strive to create a teaching and learning environment that embraces the university motto of Caritas et Veritas, compassionate service and the pursuit of truth, in the hope that our graduates will spread that spirit in the institutions where they work.
The following nine courses cover the competencies required in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards for the Library Information Specialist. The core concepts of information access and delivery, teaching, and learning, communication and program administration are addressed within the context of the required courses. Special focus is placed on the philosophies of elementary, middle, and secondary schools, along with the developmental psychology of K-12 students.
Required Courses (27 semester hours)
LIS 701 Introduction to Library and Information Science
LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge
LIS 704 Reference and Online Services
LIS 773 School Libraries (visitation hours required)
LIS 716 Leadership and Strategic Communication
LIS 721 Library Materials for Children
LIS 722 Library Materials for Young Adults
LIS 724 Integrating Technology into Programming, Services and Instruction
LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries (visitation hours required)
Electives (9 semester hours)
Electives may be chosen from among more than 80 options.
Clinical Experience in School Libraries
In addition to the 36 semester-hour course requirements, one of the following experiences is required to complete the clinical practice component of the program:
- LIS 728 Clinical Experience I Student Teaching OR
- LIS 729 Clinical Experience II Internship
Clinical experience enables School Library Media Program students to apply the knowledge gained from coursework in a variety of school library settings.
The Coordinator of Clinical Practice works closely with each student to secure placements in school libraries that will afford effective learning experiences. Many of our placements are in schools staffed by Dominican University alumnae/i.
- Students Without Valid Illinois Professional Educator Licenses
Students who do not have valid Illinois professional educator licenses will 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.
Students who do not have valid Illinois professional licenses 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
Students who do have valid Illinois professional educator licenses will 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.
Students who do hold valid Illinois professional educator licenses enroll in LIS 729 Clinical Experience II Internship in order to complete a non-paid, supervised clinical experience in two different school library settings (elementary, middle, or secondary) for 80 hourse (approximately two weeks) each. Attendance and participation in two seminars are requirements of LIS 729.
To fulfill the requirements for the MLIS degree plus the Illinois Professional Educator License with a Special (K-12) Endorsement in the concentration area of Library Information Specialist students must:
- Fulfill all the requirements for the MLIS degree.
- Apply for admittance to the School Library Media Program (including successful completion of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or its equivalent). Students educated outside of the United States need to have official credential evaluations completed by an approved agency at their own expense. Download the application.
- Complete the nine required courses plus nine elective semester hours.
- Successfully complete the required Illinois licensure tests.
- Develop a program portfolio.
- Complete the clinical practice component of the program.
- Meet the professional education requirements of the State of Illinois.
- Attend scheduled Information Sessions and participate in an Exit Interview with the program director.
Download the Student Progress Packet which outlines all the requirements for the MLIS degree plus the Illinois Professional Educator License with Special (K-12) Endorsement in the concentration area of Library Information Specialist.
NOTE: Requirements may vary for students who have already earned a MLIS degree and are now seeking licensure or students who are only seeking the Library Information Specialist endorsement on an existing license. If you're not sure which program is right for you, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions about SLMP.
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Requirements
The ISBE general education requirements are satisfied in either of the following ways:
By holding a valid Illinois Professional Educator License; or
By taking a college-level course in each of the following areas, either within five years of enrolling in the School Library Media Program or concurrent with study in the School Library Media Program:
- Educational Psychology (three semester hours)
History and Philosophy of Education (three semester hours)
Exceptional Children, including learning disabilities (three semester hours)
In some cases the Illinois State Board of Education may enact new rules or legislation that result in changes in licensure requirements. As a result, candidates may need to meet new requirements other than those identified in this Bulletin, on the SOIS or Dominican University websites, or in other SOIS or Dominican University publications at the time they began their program of study at Dominican.
Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Requirement
(formerly known as the Illinois Certification Testing System)
Each person in the State of Illinois who is seeking licensure must pass three examinations at prescribed times during the program:
Prior to admittance into the School Library Media Program: Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), OR the SAT (minimum composite score of 1030 on mathematics and reading, plus a writing score, taken within the past ten years), OR the ACT (minimum score of 22 plus writing, taken within the past ten years);
Prior to the clinical experience: Content-area test for Library Information Specialist;
Prior to applying for licensure: Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT): Grades K-12.
Visit www.icts.nesinc.com for more information regarding these exams including test dates and online registration.
Endorsement Added to Existing Licensure
Students with valid Illinois professional educator licenses may earn a Library Information Specialist endorsement. Interested students must independently contact their regional office of education for specific requirements based on their licensure status.
Endorsement Added to an Existing MLIS
Students with American Library Association-accredited MLIS degrees may enroll in the School Library Media program to earn the appropriate endorsement 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 endorsement requirements. SOIS courses that focus primarily on technology or library materials for youth that have been taken within five years of enrollment in the School Library Media Program may be applied to the program requirements. Students who have not taken coursework that includes middle-grade philosophy, pre-adolescent psychology, curriculum and instruction, and instructional methods may have to take additional courses.
Post-MLIS applicants applying to the School Library Media Program may qualify for a waiver of some SOIS admission requirements. Learn more about the abbreviated admission process.