M.L.S. with School Librarian Certification

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

The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree with School Librarian Certification focus is available entirely online and is designed to prepare professionals to work in libraries in elementary schools, middle schools, and/or high schools (K-12).

This preparation is achieved by:

  1. the acquisition of knowledge in a set of courses basic to an understanding of library and information studies;
  2. advanced instruction in courses selected according to the student's career goals; and 
  3. completion of a practicum.


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.


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

This 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. Apply professional ethics and competencies in acquiring, organizing, delivering, and preserving information and knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate evidence-based practice in professional decision-making.
  3. ​Deliver community-embedded services to promote equity and social justice, and meet the needs of diverse constituencies.
  4. ​Apply technologies to meet information needs in a variety of contexts.
  5. ​Disseminate professional knowledge through venues such as teaching, research, publication, and service activities.
  6. ​Plan for and engage in continuous, career-long professional development.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
LS 5053Information Retrieval3
LS 5063School Library Collections3
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5103Cataloging and Classification3
LS 5233School Library Technology3
LS 5263Information Sources and Services3
LS 5333School Library Management3
LS 5443School Library Collaborations3
LS 5603Materials for Children and Young Adults3
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.

Final Examination

The Final Exam comprises submission of the Final Exam Portfolio as a requirement in the LS 5843 Practicum course.