Library & Information Science (LIS)

Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) with School Library Licensure [Hybrid]

The master of library science degree (MLIS/MLS) is an entry-level requirement for all North Carolina public school librarians. Public school librarians in North Carolina must have a master’s degree in library and information science. Additionally, school librarians are licensed as teachers. As is true for the MLIS degree on the whole, any undergraduate preparation is appropriate.

The MLIS degree with school library licensure allows individuals to apply for licensure to work in public schools but also in any area of the library and information profession where a MLIS degree is required. Prospective students interested in the MLIS degree with school library licensure should apply through the UNCG Graduate School for the MLIS-MLic 076 concentration.

Anyone successfully completing the LIS program requirements for the MLIS program with school library licensure may apply for NC licensure as a school librarian. Those desiring to be licensed as school librarians in other states must contact the specific state licensing agency. NC has teaching reciprocity with many other states.

UNCG’s school library faculty work closely with students to provide numerous opportunities for authentic experiences in school library settings. Students are supported through instruction and individualized feedback. They have the opportunity to participate in practicums, lesson development, collection analysis, facility design, and media production. Regardless of whether or not a student has a background in education, the MLIS program can help students fulfill the requirements for school library licensure while earning the MLIS degree.

Download the School Library Handbook for more information.

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Program Contact

Tammy Gruer
School Library and Licensure Program Coordinator
(336) 334-3285


All you need to know about the application process – click here to get started.

Successful completion of this program culminates in a license and a degree.

Additional LIS Licensure Program Requirements

All LIS licensure candidates are required to:

  • Submit a Candidate Agreement form to the school library program coordinator.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Archive all course assignments required as evidence for accreditation and post them to your final portfolio by the last semester of the program.
  • Score 3 or above on all teaching dispositions.
  • Receive a satisfactory evaluation on the practicum.
  • Submit to a criminal background check before completing LIS 692 and 693.

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Library and Information Science – 076 School Library Coordinator program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the LIS School Library Program Coordinator at with any questions regarding this data.