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.

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 6 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 the methods of teaching reading. These courses may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. All the education courses may be taken at UNC-Chapel Hill or at another accredited university.

If the courses are graduate level and taken concurrently with the library science coursework, the 6 hours may be considered as elective credit toward the MSLS degree, if the student's advisor approves. Some UNC-Chapel Hill courses that meet the requirements include:

  • EDUC 621: Explorations in Literacy (3)
  • EDUC 764: Current Issues in Literacy Research 1 (3)
  • EDUC 781: Theories and Research in Human Development (3)
  • EDUC 782: Psychology of Learning in Schools (3)

Students wishing to take online courses in education should check out the distance education offerings at NC State University (

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:

  • INLS 739: Information Services for Specific Populations (3)
  • INLS 890: Special Topic: Youth Services in a Diverse Society (3)
  • EDUC 629: Language Minority Students: Issues for Practitioners (3)
  • EDUC 533: Social Justice in Education (3)
  • EDUC 690: Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • EDUC 729: Culture and Politics in Second Language Education (3)

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:

  • INLS 530: Young Adult Literature and Related Materials (3)
  • INLS 534: Youth and Technology in Libraries (3)
  • INLS 732: Children's Literature and Related Materials (3)
  • INLS 745: Curriculum Issues and the School Librarian (3)
  • INLS 796: Supervised Field Experience in School Library Media (3) [Recommended that SLMC students take twice]*

*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.


The remaining 6 hours may be taken as elective courses. For students lacking a teaching certification, up to 6 hours of electives may be used for education courses that can count dually toward the MSLS degree and toward the certification requirement.
Students interested in becoming a library media coordinator at the middle or high school level would be well served by taking advanced reference courses in subject areas (humanities and social sciences (INLS 704) or science (INLS 703) and the government documents course (INLS 707).

Students interested in becoming a library media coordinator at the elementary or middle level may want to consider a storytelling course (INLS 558) or a course in children and technology (INLS 534).

Students wishing to combine preparation as a school librarian with preparation for work with children in a public library might wish to take INLS 733: Administration of Public Library Work with Children and Young Adults.

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

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 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