Library & Information Science (LIS)

School Library Supervisor Licensure

The MLIS emphasizes the rapidly changing library and information field and prepares students for positions of leadership in school, public, special, and academic libraries and other information centers, as well as a variety of roles in both public and private agencies as information specialists. The school library director/supervisor is a system-level school library professional who may be identified as Director of Library Media Services, Director of Media and Technology, Coordinator of Library Media Services, or Library Supervisor. Competencies are required in the areas of administration, supervision/management, and curriculum development for this certification area.

School Library Supervisor licensure is required for service as Director of Media Services in a school system. This is an add-on license which is based on eligibility to hold the Media Coordinator (076) licensure plus 9 graduate semester hours of credit in administration, curriculum development, or supervision and three years of acceptable experience as a school librarian. 

Coursework (based on enrollment) leading to eligibility for Media Supervisor (078) licensure is offered to applicants who already have a MLIS degree, a school library (076) license, and three or more years experience as a school librarian. A Specialty Area Praxis exam is required (5411) with a passing score of 145.

This program is offered sporadically based on interest. Individuals interested in this license should contact the LIS school library program coordinator.

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Program Contact

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


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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 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.