M.L.S. with School Librarian Certification

Website: https://twu.edu/slis/programs-admission-requirements/mls-with-school-librarian-certification/

The MLS with School Librarian Certification program provides an opportunity for students to earn a Master of Library Science (MLS) and School Librarian Certification (SLC) in Texas. The program prepares professionals for careers as school librarians in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools (EC-12) in the state of Texas. The MLS with School Librarian Certification program is available entirely online.


The Master of Library Science degree program at Texas Woman's University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Continued accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for 2025.

The School Librarian Certification (SLC) program at Texas Woman's University meets all requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification for public schools in Texas and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Deliver innovative, high-quality services responsive to the needs of diverse school communities.
  2. Facilitate the use and integration of technology in schools.
  3. Develop, organize, and manage school library collections.
  4. Collaborate with teachers to integrate curriculum, resources, and teaching strategies.
  5. Teach students how to find, evaluate, and use information.
  6. Cultivate an inviting, flexible, and barrier-free school library environment.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5233School Library Technology3
LS 5053Information Retrieval3
LS 5333School Library Management3
LS 5443School Library Collaborations3
LS 5263Information Sources and Services3
LS 5603Materials for Children and Young Adults3
LS 5063School Library Collections3
LS 5103Cataloging and Classification3
LS 5843Practicum3
Electives (approved by advisor)6
Total SCHs36

Special Requirements

A cumulative B average must be maintained. Any course with a grade of C cannot be applied toward the student’s degree. Students are allowed to repeat a course once to improve a grade. No graduate library science course may be taken more than twice.