Library and Information Studies (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 studies 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. Some funding information is provided here.

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Program Contact

Anne Trice T. Akers, Ph.D.
School Library and Licensure Program Coordinator
(336) 334-3477


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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 TaskStream by the last semester of the program. TaskStream is a fee-based subscription service.
    • 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.