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Master of (MLIS)
Library and Information Studies, concentration in School Library Media


Program Overview

Earn your Master of Library and Information Studies with a concentration in School Library Media and equip yourself to broaden horizons in your school.

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Open Doors in Your Career

The University of Alabama’s MLIS is highly respected in the field of library science, and the same renowned faculty who teach on campus will lead you through interactive, live evening lectures that are 100% online. The curriculum allows you to tailor your coursework to your interests through electives, including many offered through UA’s College of Education.

Graduates will be eligible for Alabama Class A Certification in School Library Media (or equivalent).

  • Application Priority DeadlineFeb. 1 for the fall cohort; Oct. 16 for the spring cohort
  • FeesBEF courses $10 graduate College of Education fee (per hour)
  • AccreditationAmerican Library Association (ALA)
  • Orientation RequiredYes


The School of Library & Information Studies at The University of Alabama provides a program of study within the MLIS degree that satisfies the Alabama State Department of Education requirements for Class A Certification in School Library Media. There are two preconditions for students seeking a traditional Class A certificate in Library Media: the applicant must have a current, valid teaching certificate and two years of professional teaching experience. In other words, in order to qualify for certification, a student must meet these two requirements in addition to following the approved program of study.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • LS 500 Information and Media
  • LS 501 Information in Communities
  • LS 513 Professional Paths

Education Elective (3 hours)

  • BEF 503 History of American Education
  • BEF 507 Sociology of Education
  • BEF 534 Multicultural Education
  • BEF 575 Foundations of Education Through Film
  • BEF 607 Readings in Sociology of Education
  • BEF 650 Critical Race Theory in Education
  • BEF 667 Multicultural Sociology Educational Leadership
  • BEF 681 Ethics and Education

Concentration Requirements (12 hours)

  • LS 504 Media Production and Utilization
  • LS 532 School Media Centers
  • LS 542 Instructional Design and Development
  • LS 572 Internship in School Media Centers

Elective Requirements (15 hours)

  • LS 502 Research Methods
  • LS 507 Information Sources and Services
  • LS 520 Early Childhood Materials and Story Programs (if not previously completed) or LS 521 Materials and Services for Children (if not previously completed)
  • LS 522 Materials and Services for Young Adults

Note: Students who have not taken a special education survey course will enroll in SPE 500. In addition, the student is required to pass the SLMS Comprehensive Exam and the Praxis II Library Media Exam for certification. Once all of this has been accomplished, the student applies for certification in Alabama through the UA College of Education, which “recommends” the student for certification.

Online students enrolled in the MLIS program are required to meet hardware and software requirements as specified. Access to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a high-speed broadband Internet connection is required.

In addition, MLIS students who study online must have

  • A personal computer
  • Email access
  • An up-to-date operating system (Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X)
  • An up-to-date web browser
  • A headset with an attached microphone
  • A quiet place to “attend” class (virtually) without interruption


Applications are accepted year-round. If you are interested in the program, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All application materials must be received before the priority deadlines. Applicants will be reviewed if there is space available in the cohorts.

National online cohorts begin each fall or spring with priority deadlines for admission being February 1 (for Fall) and October 16 (for Spring). Newly admitted students are expected to attend a virtual orientation in August  for the fall cohort or in January for the spring cohort.

To be considered for admission, students should have a 3.0 GPA overall for the last 60 semester hours in an undergraduate degree program.

This concentration is designed to meet the education requirements for the Class A certificate in Library Media from the Alabama Department of Education. Applicants seeking a Class A certificate must have a valid Class B certificate and two years of instructional experience at the time of application.


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