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School Librarian Certificate Program



The Educational Preparation Program consists of 15 hours of instruction over four semester-long courses and a practicum. For degree-seeking students, these courses count 15 hours toward the 36 hour master’s program.

Students new to the School Library Certificate Program (and to the master’s program if they do not currently have a master’s degree) enroll in two courses during the first summer session after admission to the program. The first summer session runs five weeks, three days per week: Monday-Wednesday.

Summer Session - Virtually via Zoom

INF 387: School Library Management I: Standards & Competencies, Literacy, and Administration

  • Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Topic 5: Philosophy, objectives, and management of the school library; emphasis on standards and competencies, and the roles of the school librarian as a literacy leader and program administrator.

INF 382L: Inquiry & Information Seeking in K-12

  • Monday-Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Topic 3: Examination of inquiry models and information seeking theories relevant to K-12 teaching and learning. An emphasis on strategies for teaching specific information literacy skills within the context of an inquiry process and subject areas and on the tools and resources available to support student learning. (Another approved course may be substituted with the permission of the program coordinator, if the course is focused on K-12 inquiry and based on empirical research.)

Fall Semester I - In person at the University

INF 387: School Library Management II: Teaching and Learning, Collection Curation

  • Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Topic 6: Philosophy, objectives, and management of the school library with an emphasis on the roles of the school librarian as an instructional partner, information specialist, and collection curator.

Spring Semester - In person at the University

INF 382G: Materials for Children and Young Adults

  • Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Topic 3: A survey of literature including literary materials in various formats suitable for use by and with children and young adults. Students will explore evaluation tools, application of selection and evaluation criteria, and planning for the use of materials. Includes quality literature that reflects and appeals to a wide range of diverse readers.

Fall Semester II - In person in an Austin-area public school district school library or libraries

INF 388R: Practicum in School Libraries

  • 160 hours: 80 hours in an elementary library, 80 hours in a middle school or high school library.
  • The practicum may be completed over two semesters.

Students who do not have a master’s degree will need to take an additional 21 hours to qualify for the MSIS degree. The coursework must be completed within 6 years of admission to the University of Texas and the School of Information.