For course descriptions, please refer to the University Bulletin.

The following nine courses cover the competencies required in the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards for the Library Information Specialist. The core concepts of information access and delivery, teaching, and learning, communication and program administration are addressed within the context of the required courses. Special focus is placed on the philosophies of elementary, middle, and secondary schools, along with the developmental psychology of PK-12 students.

Required Courses (27 semester hours)

LIS 701 Introduction to Library and Information Science
LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge
LIS 704 Reference and Online Services
LIS 773 School Libraries (visitation hours required)
LIS 716 Leadership and Strategic Communication
LIS 721 Library Materials for Children
LIS 722 Library Materials for Young Adults
LIS 724 Integrating Technology into Programming, Services and Instruction
LIS 725 Curriculum and School Libraries (visitation hours required)

Electives (9 semester hours)

Electives may be chosen from among more than 80 options.

Clinical Experience in School Libraries

In addition to the 36 semester-hour course requirements, the following is required to complete the clinical practice component of the program:

  • LIS 728 Clinical Practice I Student Teaching 

Clinical practice enables School Library Media Program students to apply the knowledge gained from coursework in a variety of school library settings.

The field experience coordinator works closely with each student to secure placements in school libraries that will afford effective learning experiences. Many of our placements are in schools staffed by Dominican University alumnae/i.

Students Without Valid Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Students who do not have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License will visit a variety of school library settings for a total of at least 100 pre-clinical observation hours. School librarians and school library aides may apply a maximum of 25 hours from their current work experience.
  • Students who do not have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License enroll in LIS 728 Clinical Practice I Student Teaching in order to complete a non-paid, supervised clinical experience in two different school library media settings (elementary, middle, or secondary) for 200 hours (approximately five weeks) each. 
Students with Valid Illinois Professional Educator License

Students who hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License can earn the PK-12 Library Information Specialist endorsement by completing 24-course hours and passing the content-area test for Library Information Specialist. Students should consult with the School Library Media Program director to plan a course of study to earn the 24-course hours.