Why ODU for School Librarianship?

In a world where accurate information is essential and technology is constantly changing, you can help students find keys to knowledge.

With ODU's online MLIS and a concentration in School Librarianship, you can enhance your teaching credentials with an endorsement in school librarianship, grades K-12.

ODU is proud to emphasize cultural responsiveness. You'll learn skills to provide resources and services for increasingly diverse communities. You'll be prepared to start a rewarding career as a school librarian or media specialist.

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Old Dominion University’s Master of Library and Information Studies has been granted Candidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that ODU has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

Required Courses

  • 30 credit hours, including an internship

You are required to attend at least one day of a two-day Summer Institute at ODU in Norfolk, Virginia.

Your coursework is project-based, which means you will be expected to spend time in a library for most courses. The internship is the capstone for the degree.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

This program requires an internship. You also are required to attend at least one day of a two-day Summer Institute at ODU's main campus in Norfolk, Virginia.

Careers in School Librarianship

With our MLIS degree and concentration in School Librarianship, licensed teachers will be prepared for endorsement as a school librarian/media specialist.

You will provide valuable services in public and private school libraries, such as:

  • managing digital and physical information collections
  • connecting students to information resources
  • assessing information technology and knowledge systems
  • guiding students in their research and selection of information resources

An MLIS degree also prepares you for careers as an information specialist, librarian, or media specialist in areas such as:

  • public and academic libraries
  • special focus libraries, such as law or health sciences
  • museums and archives
  • digital and physical knowledge collections
  • information technology
  • assessment and systems libraries

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Virginia Public School educators may be eligible for a tuition discount of 25% per credit hour. Contact us for more details.

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

This degree program is designed to enable licensed teachers in Virginia to add an endorsement as a school librarian/media specialist, grades K-12.

Use these links to see if we have determined whether this program meets requirements in your state. If you live outside Virginia, we encourage you to check your state's teacher licensure requirements before applying to ODU.

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How to Apply

To apply, you must hold a Virginia Collegiate Professional License or an equivalent license from another state. You also need a bachelor's degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

GRE/GMAT scores are not required, but may be requested.

If you want to teach but don't have a teaching license, please apply to our regular online MLIS program. You may need additional coursework and testing to prepare for licensure.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.