Library & Information Science (LIS)

School Library Licensure-Only

School library licensure is not an add-on degree or a lateral-entry degree. Prospective students who have an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in another discipline must additionally earn the MLIS degree to be licensed. Individuals cannot be licensed as school librarians without having a graduate library and information science degree.

Individuals who already have a MLIS or MLS degree may add school library licensure by completing the UNCG LIS licensure-only program which involves taking five school library courses or 15 semester hours. Additional education hours may be required (see above) for individuals who have never taught and are not previously licensed teachers. Interested individuals should apply through The Graduate School for the MLic 076 licensure-only program. A GRE or MAT score is not required.

The Federal government no longer offers financial aid to students in the licensure-only program so students applying to the school library licensure-only program will need to find other sources of funding. 

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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, not a degree.

Additional LIS Licensure Program Requirements

All LIS licensure candidates are required to:

    • Submit a Candidate Agreement form to the 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.
    • Acquire professional liability insurance for all courses with field-based component (LIS 691, 692, & 693).
    • Submit to a criminal background check before completing LIS 691, 692, & 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.