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School of Information Sciences' School Library Media Program

caepThe School Library Media Specialist Program is accredited by CAEP, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, through the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The Tennessee State Department of Education requires School Library Media Specialists to hold the master’s degree.

To complete the licensing requirements for the state, students must pass the PRAXIS examination, which assesses the skills of beginning teachers in classroom settings.


The School of Information Sciences offers four options for the School Library Media Specialist endorsement. Choose the option that corresponds to your current situation to view the requirements for your endorsement and click on the link for more information.

Option1: I want to gain my initial license, the American Library Association accredited Master’s in Information Science, and my PreK-12 School Library Endorsement.

Choose this option if you have never had a teaching license AND do not have an American Library Association accredited Master's degree in Library or Information sciences.

Option 2: I am currently or have been previously licensed as a teacher and want to gain the ALA-accredited Master’s in Information Science along with the PreK-12 School Library Endorsement.

Choose this option if you are currently or have ever been licensed in any state as a teacher but do not hold a Master's degree in Library or Information Science. 

Option 3: I want to gain my initial license and the PreK-12 School Library endorsement, but I already have an American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.

Choose this option if you have an American Library Association accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science but are not and never have been a licensed teacher. NOTE: We are unable to accept transfer credits from programs that have not been accredited by the American Library Association.

Option 4: I am currently a licensed Tennessee teacher and want to add ONLY the PreK-12 School Library Endorsement to my license. 

Choose this option ONLY if you are a currently licensed Tennessee classroom teacher who just wants to add the PreK-12 School Library Endorsement to your existing license. 


Upon graduating from SIS, the school library media certification is transferable to most states across the country. To transfer your certification, simply send your Tennessee license to your “new” home state’s department of education with accompanying transcripts and any relevant information that is required. A new certification should be granted with no additional courses demanded. Arkansas is an exception and potential students should first check with their State Department of Education for licensure requirements.

Graduation from this program, with the full Master’s in Information Science, licensure and the PreK-12 School Library Endorsement qualifies students for jobs in school as well as public libraries, but it also prepares you for job opportunities in many other venues. If you would like to explore the full range of possibilities, contact Dr. Cindy Welch.

If you do not see your situation or you have other questions about anything related to school librarianship, please contact Dr. Cindy Welch (865) 974–7918 for further information.