School librarians create a vibrant culture of literacy by teaching critical skills
young people need to evaluate and manage information while using innovative technology
to share ideas. These dynamic educators build on the traditional role of nurturing
a love for reading, while developing high-quality collections to support the school
curriculum and meet student-reading preferences.
Our Library Science Program focuses on school librarianship. Nationally-recognized,
award-winning school library faculty teach both face-to-face and online courses. Accredited
by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the program is designed
for those with a passion for leading elementary-, middle-
or high-school teachers in the integration of technology; collaborating with teachers
to develop lessons in all curricular areas; helping students become information-literate;
teaching students about the ethical use of resources; and implementing and promoting
school-wide literacy programs, all of which impact student learning.
We offer the follow degrees:
Master of Science in School Library and Information Science with School Librarian Standard Certification (EC-12) – this degree prepares the candidate to analyze and identify the needs of diverse
communities of users; to assist and educate users to resources; to develop and manage
collections of information resources; to deploy information technologies in effective
and innovative ways, and to effectively evaluate and use research.
School Library and Information Science M.S. with School Librarian Standard Certificate
EC-12 and Master Technology Teacher Certification - The graduate plan in School Library and Information Science leads to the Master
of Science (M.S.) degree. Students completing this degree are eligible for certification
as school librarians and master technology teachers. Students seeking the school librarian
certification must hold a valid Texas teaching certificate and must be able to verify
a minimum of two years of successful full-time classroom teaching experience in an
approved accredited school. A passing score on the School Librarian state assessment
is required prior to recommendation for this certificate. Students seeking the Master
Technology Teacher Certification must hold a valid Texas teaching certificate and
must be able to verify a minimum of two years of full-time approved successful teaching
experience. A passing score on the Master Technology Teacher state assessment is required.
The plan consists of 46 semester hours.
School Librarian Standard Certificate (EC-12) for Students Holding a Master's Degree
- Students seeking School Librarian certification must hold a master's degree and
a valid Texas teaching certification and verify a minimum of two years approved successful
full-time teaching experience. A passing score on the School Librarian Texas Examination
of Educator Standards (TExES) is required. The plan consists of 27-28 semester hours.
Our program equips students with the theories and practices of library and information
science through a comprehensive study of the foundations, principles and ideas of
the discipline, including those related to management, selection of children's and
young adult literature, information organization, technology and electronic media.
We utilize the latest advances in technology and information literacy to prepare students
to collaborate with teachers, manage multimedia collections and maintain a successful
library. Graduates of this program can assume many roles including school librarian,
library information specialist, technology coordinator, technology specialist, or
Professional Librarian Certification Requirements
Students completing the Master of Science in School Library and Information Science
are eligible for certification as school librarians. Students seeking this certification
must meet the following requirements:
• Hold a valid Texas teaching certificate
• Two years successful, full-time, approved teaching
• Passing score on school librarian state assessment