School Librarian Licensure Program Application

School Librarian Licensure Program Application

School Librarian Licensure Program Application

School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois

You must be admitted to the MS/LIS or CAS degree program before your application to the School Librarian Licensure program will be reviewed.  Please do not complete this application if you currently hold an Illinois Professional Educator License; instead view qualifications for the School Librarian Endorsement.

Interested MS/LIS students must apply into the School Librarian Licensure program by October 1 for spring semester admission and by February 15 for fall/summer admission. 

Interested CAS students must apply into the School Librarian Licensure program by October 1 for spring semester admission, February 15 for summer admission, or June 15 for fall admission.

Please provide the following information:

 

answer must be a university ID like 612345678

 

answer must be phone number with area code like 217-333-1000

 

answer must be phone number with area code like 217-333-1000

 

answer must be an email address

 

Application Materials

A one- to two-page interview essay:

Visit an elementary or secondary school library media center (not your current place of employment). Interview a staff member to identify the three most significant issues related to information services in this setting. In your essay, discuss what you learned, including:

  • What questions did you ask?
  • Did you learn anything unexpected? Anything that changed your view of the library and information science profession?
  • How do you think your educational experience at the iSchool might prepare you to address the issues you identified?

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A one- to two-page "commitment to education" essay that addresses the following points:

  • Briefly describe why you are applying to the School Librarian Licensure program.
  • Give examples of your experience working with children and your ability to collaborate with others.
  • Describe how each of the four elements in the Conceptual Framework (community, inquiry, service and technology) apply to your vision of an effective school library.
  • Explain how you would apply principles of intellectual freedom* in your role as a school librarian.

*Intellectual freedom is the right of individuals of all ages to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. School media specialists have a professional commitment to ensure students' intellectual freedom. Further information specific to the role and responsibilities of school media specialists may be found in ALA's "Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights."

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Please submit ALL post-secondary transcripts, including community college transcripts, to:

Penny Ames, Admissions & Records Officer 
School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 81820

Please submit ALL post-secondary transcripts, including community college transcripts, to:

Penny Ames, Admissions & Records Officer 
School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 81820

I understand that in order to be considered for a field placement with a school district I must consent to a criminal background investigation. I also understand, that the investigation requires that I submit my fingerprints to the Illinois State Police. I understand that I am responsible for all fees associated with this investigation. I understand that failure on my part to consent to the review will result in the cancellation of any admission to a teacher education program. I also understand that if I am admitted to a program, but my background check includes evidence of a criminal history, that history will be shared with the school district being considered for placement. I understand that the nature of that history might prohibit me from being placed in a given school district and that the district has the right to refuse my placement.

A distinguishing hallmark of the teacher education programs of the College of Education is the commitment to diversity. Faculty members engage in research, teaching, and service activities developed to insure that all children, including those who are racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically different as well as people with different abilities and disabilities, are provided with educational opportunities. I understand that if admitted I will be expected to participate in courses, complete assignments, and engage in activities and practice that will enhance my ability to teach an increasingly diverse student population.

I certify that all of the information provided by me in this application is true and accurate and reflects work that I personally have completed.

I understand that in order to be considered for a field placement with a school district I must consent to a criminal background investigation. I also understand, that the investigation requires that I submit my fingerprints to the Illinois State Police. I understand that I am responsible for all fees associated with this investigation. I understand that failure on my part to consent to the review will result in the cancellation of any admission to a teacher education program. I also understand that if I am admitted to a program, but my background check includes evidence of a criminal history, that history will be shared with the school district being considered for placement. I understand that the nature of that history might prohibit me from being placed in a given school district and that the district has the right to refuse my placement.

A distinguishing hallmark of the teacher education programs of the College of Education is the commitment to diversity. Faculty members engage in research, teaching, and service activities developed to insure that all children, including those who are racially, ethnically, linguistically, and economically different as well as people with different abilities and disabilities, are provided with educational opportunities. I understand that if admitted I will be expected to participate in courses, complete assignments, and engage in activities and practice that will enhance my ability to teach an increasingly diverse student population.

I certify that all of the information provided by me in this application is true and accurate and reflects work that I personally have completed.

 

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