Preparatory Curriculum for School Library Media Coordinator Licensure

The school library preparatory program at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is intended for all those seeking the NC 076 school library media coordinator (SLMC) license.

These include MSLS students wishing to specialize in school library work and graduates with a master's degree in library science who seek to add the specialized coursework necessary for licensure.

For holders of the master’s degree, the sections below entitled "Education Requirements" and "School Library Specialized Requirements" will be of primary interest. The courses offered will also satisfy requirements for school library certification in most other states as well.

Library Science Requirements

Students seeking school library media certification must meet requirements for the Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree. This degree is accredited by the American Library Association's Committee on Accreditation (COA) and includes 48 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, completion of a comprehensive exam, and satisfactory completion of a master's paper.

For a list of required courses (22.5 hours) of all MSLS students at UNC SILS, visit the MSLS Curriculum page.

School Library Specialized Requirements

Additional required courses (15-21) for students seeking 076 certification are as follows:

*During the field experience, School Library Media Specialists must spend a minimum of 150 hours onsite in either an elementary, middle, or secondary school library under the supervision of a certified School Media Coordinator. A second field experience would allow exploration of school library work at a different level. The field experience should include a collaborative experience with a classroom teacher with the school library media student teaching at least part of a unit. If the student does not already hold a valid North Carolina A-Level Teacher's Certificate, 25 additional hours must be spent observing in one or more classrooms.

Diversity Requirement

Students seeking school library media certification must have at least one course that prepares them to work with diverse student populations. The following courses meet this requirement:

Education Requirements

Because teaching and working with teachers and students in an educational setting is central to the work of a school library coordinator, a teaching certificate or equivalency is required. Aspiring SLMC professionals must obtain a valid North Carolina A-Level teacher's certificate, or complete 4.5 hours of coursework in education with a student-teaching equivalency conducted in a school library under the supervision of a licensed library media coordinator.

The educational coursework should be distributed to include a course in educational psychology and a course in literacy instruction. These courses may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. For specific questions and course recommendations please contact the director of the School Library Media Coordinator at smhughes@email.unc.edu 

Media Coordinator Specialty Area Exam

All students seeking certification must take the Media Coordinator (#0311) PRAXIS/NTE (National Teacher's Exam) specialty exam. This is the only test required. Information about the PRAXIS tests, when they are given, and how to apply is available at www.ets.org/praxis.

Application for License

If the student or graduate has completed the appropriate program of study at UNC at Chapel Hill, the application for North Carolina Licensure for School Media Coordinator is submitted to the Licensure Officer in the School of Education. See https://ed.unc.edu/academics/licensure/additional-licensure-programs/ for specific application information or contact:

Diana B. Lys, EdD.
Assistant Dean of Program Assessment, Accreditation, and Teacher Preparation, School of Education
101 Peabody Hall
CB #3500, UNC-CH
(919) 445-8878
Fax: (919) 962-1533
Email: lys@email.unc.edu