Library and Information Studies

MLIS Curriculum

Track: School Library Media

The School Library Media program is an optional track within the 36-credit hour MLIS program, enabling students to earn the MLIS degree while qualifying for School Library Media Certification in Rhode Island and other states in the Interstate Certificate Compact (including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.)

This program has earned the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) with national recognition by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and approval by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).


Core Courses

  • LSC 502 (3 credits) Lead, Manage, & Connect Lib Services
  • LSC 503 (3 credits) Collection Management*
  • LSC 504 (3 credits) Searching for Answers; Meeting Users’ Information Needs
  • LSC 508 (3 credits) Introduction to Information Science and Technology**
  • LSC 596 (3 credits) School Library Media Seminar
  • LSC 598 (6 credits) Supervised Internship / Practicum: School Library Media


  • LSC 520 (3 credits) School Library Media Services
  • LSC 527 (3 credits) Digital Information Literacy Instruction

Focus on Children and Youth
(Select 2 from the list)

  • LSC 513 (3 credits) Social Justice in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • LSC 530 (3 credits) Children’s Materials and Services
  • LSC 531 (3 credits) Young Adult Materials and Services


  • 3 credits free electives

Total = 36 credits

*LSC 503 is required only for students beginning the program in Fall 2018 or later.
**LSC 508 is required only for students beginning the program in Fall 2017 or later.

Teacher Certification Program

For individuals who already have an MLIS from an accredited institution and want to be a certified school librarian, GSLIS offers a Teacher Certification Program (TCP) with a specialization in school library media. In the TCP, students complete the additional requirements of the SLM degree for certification. You must follow the same guidelines and application procedures as for the MLIS program above for provisional admittance to the TCP in school library media.

Students admitted into the TCP program are governed by the same academic standards as other GSLIS matriculated graduate students. Upon acceptance, you must complete an official Program of Study in consultation with the coordinator of the School Library Media Program. The coordinator will analyze your transcripts to determine which courses can be accepted and which courses are needed to complete your credentials for the certification program.

The number of additional courses needed to complete the TCP program will vary depending upon transcript analysis. However, to meet the standards of our Rhode Island State Approved Program in Library Media (K-12) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), you must have the URI courses listed for the School Library Media Program.

Once admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, you will become a provisional school library media candidate.

Practicum and Student Teaching

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) requires 12 weeks of full time student teaching, six weeks at the elementary level and six weeks at the secondary level. This professional experience fulfills criteria for PK-12 Library Media certification. The pre-practicum class, LSC 520, occurs in the fall semester of the final year of the program.  LSC 596, the three credit school library media seminar, and LSC 598, a 6 credit practicum, is completed in the spring semester of the final year of the program.

Directory of participating practicum placement locations for LSC 598 (this document is not all-inclusive).

Practicum Mentors. If you are a School Library Media Specialist with at least three years experience and are interested in being a practicum mentor, please email Mary Moen, at