School Library Media Licensure

About the Program

Do you want to become a licensed school library media specialist?

Get started today in a program designed especially for classroom teachers seeking school library media licensure. It’s available from the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM).

This is an exciting time to be a school library media specialist. Never before has there been so much research and statistics to help advocates make the case for school libraries and fully licensed school librarians at every stage of youth development and education. It is clear that students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library media programs.

If you have a valid teaching license in Kansas, you earn the Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree while you prepare for school library media licensure. SLIM’s courses are taught by highly experienced professors and practitioners, providing the education you will need to guide 21st century learners and to manage a networked, school library media center. You will complete the program knowing how to motivate preK-12 students for lifelong learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies. You will become a member of a large community of highly qualified and successful Emporia State University school librarians.

Advantages of the SLIM program:

  • It is accredited by American Library Association and approved by the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • The teacher education unit is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • You can complete coursework in less than three years or “fast track” it in two years.
  • You can select from a combination of weekend and internet-based courses.
  • Courses are offered during spring, summer, and fall semesters in Emporia and Overland Park, KS.
  • The curricular focus is on models for teaching information literacy skills, children and young adult literature and programming, library media collection and center management, and research skills for program evaluation and creating new knowledge about teaching and learning.
  • Specialized licensure and career advising is available.
  • You will practice your skills during a supervised field experience.
  • Technology support and instruction are provided.
  • Scholarships are available.

Additional Information and Forms

Checklist for School Library Practicum
Kansas School Library Media Requirements
School Library Media Licensure Plan Form
Teacher's College Conceptual Framework
Kansas School Library Media Specialist Standards (2015)
Crosswalks between old KS SLM Standards (2007), and new KS SLM Standards (2015)
Kansas PreK-12 Curricular Standards Library/Information and Technology (2016)


I want to hire a Kansas licensed school librarian. What should I expect?

Handout – I want to hire a Kansas licensed school librarian. What should I expect?

Presentation – I want to hire a Kansas licensed school librarian. What should I expect?


To learn more about School Library Media Licensure program, contact Andrew Smith or call toll-free at 1-800-552-4770.

To learn more about Kansas teacher licensure requirements, contact
Andra Baldwin, Licensure Officer at The Teachers College at or 1-620-341-5412.

Application Instructions

2016 Institute Resources

2015 Institute Resources

2014 Institute Resources