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Master of Library Science

ALA accredited sealMaster of Library Science flyerThe ALA accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) graduate degree program is the largest producer of school-library media-coordinator graduates in the state and is the largest program in the College of Education at ECU. The library science program at ECU has prepared library professionals since 1939 with a high-tech and hands-on emphasis, providing a web-based course of study using new and emerging technologies.

Our online program is especially attuned to the needs of nontraditional students and is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in pre-K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, and public libraries.

MLS Student Handbook

Program Details:

The Master of Library Science program is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in Pre K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, public libraries, and related settings. All students are eligible for NC Public Library Certification upon completion of the MLS degree requirements. The MLS requires a minimum of 39 s.h. of credit. Eight core courses (24 s.h.) are required of all students: LIBS 6010, 6012, 6014, 6018, 6026, 6031, 6042, and 6991 or 6992.

You may view the course rotation schedule at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/idp/lsed/LIBS_Course_Rotation.pdf

You may view syllabi for the 12 core courses at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/idp/lsed/Syllabi.cfm

All MLS and licensure students must complete a portfolio. The portfolio is the culminating capstone product and includes an artifact from each LIBS course and a reflection for each artifact. The portfolio is reviewed at midpoint in a student's program and before graduation. See http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/ipd/lsed/portfolio.cfm for additional details.

School library media (courses required for public school licensure): A school focused sequence of courses within the 39 hour MLS including the following courses specific to school librarianship LIBS 6135, 6137, 6142 and 6144; and one elective (3 s.h.) to be selected in consultation with an advisor. The 076 Media Coordinator license also requires a satisfactory score on the Media Coordinator (5311) Praxis/NTE (National Teacher's exam). Students who lack an initial teaching license must also take LIBS 6989, Early Internship. This course is to be taken in addition to the 39 s.h. required for the MLS. LIBS 6989 is not an elective for other students.

  • Prospective school concentration applicants who hold an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in another discipline must complete the full MLS degree requirements, as specified above (39 or 42 s.h.).

Public library: In addition to the eight required courses of the degree, public library concentration students are required to take LIBS 7050 and four electives (12 s.h.) selected in consultation with an advisor.

Academic library: In addition to the eight required courses of the degree, academic library concentration students are required to take LIBS 6810 and LIBS 6972, and three electives (9 s.h.) to be selected in consultation with an advisor.

The Master of Library (MLS) Science program is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in Pre-K--12 schools, universities, community colleges, public libraries, and related settings. All students are eligible for North Carolina Public Library Certification upon completion of the MLS degree requirements. The MLS requires a minimum of 39 semester hours (s.h.) of credit. Eight core courses (24 s.h.) are required of all students: LIBS 6010, 6012, 6014, 6018, 6026, 6031, 6042, and 6991. Students may choose from three professional concentrations for the MLS degree: Academic Library, Public Library, and School Library.

Academic Library

In addition to the eight required courses of the degree, academic library concentration students are required to take LIBS 6810 and LIBS 6972, and three electives (9 s.h.) to be selected in consultation with an advisor. Learn more about the Academic Library Concentration Plan of Study (PDF) (as a Word doc).

Students interested in the Graduate Certificate in Community College Instruction must apply to the Coordinator of the Adult Education Program. Instructions to apply for admission into this certificate program are available at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/Academic-Policies-and-Forms.cfm. Students in the Academic Library concentration may benefit from earning this certificate. Students should consult with their academic advisor for more details.

Public Library

In addition to the eight required courses of the degree, public library concentration students are required to take LIBS 7050 and four electives (12 s.h.) selected in consultation with an advisor. Learn more about the Public Library Concentration Plan of Study (PDF) (as a Word doc).

School library media (courses required for public school licensure)

A school focused sequence of courses within the 39 hour MLS including the following courses specific to school librarianship LIBS 6135,6137,6142 and 6144; and one elective (3 s.h.) to be selected in consultation with an advisor. The 076 Media Coordinator license also requires a satisfactory score on the Media Coordinator (0311) Praxis/NTE (National Teacher's exam).LIBS 6989 Early Internship is a prerequisite for students seeking media coordinator licensure and lacking an initial teaching licensure.

Prospective school concentration applicants who hold an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in another discipline must complete the full MLS degree requirements, as specified above (39 or 42 s.h.). Learn more about the School Library Concentration Plan of Study (PDF) (as a Word Doc).

School Licensure and Praxis

In addition to completing the School Librarianship concentration courses successfully, there are two other things to do: 1) pass the Praxis test and 2) apply to be licensed by the NC DPI. (In some other states, this is called "certification"; in NC, it's called "licensure.") 

Both of these are required.
You must pass the Praxis and be licensed by the NC DPI to be fully qualified to serve in NC public schools. You are getting 076 Media Coordinator licensure.

1) Take the Praxis II Subject Assessment and Specialty Area Test (5311 Library Media Specialist). Further information is available at https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5311

You will find sample Praxis questions at https://www.mypraxisprep.com/praxis-ii-library-media-specialist-test-questions/ and information about a study guide.

2) Apply for North Carolina licensure. Go to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/OEP/ and scroll down to Online License System Instructions on the left side of the site. Under this, click on Graduate Level or Non-Degree Seeking Students. This document will provide detailed instructions.

NC Public Librarian Certification

All ECU MLS graduates are qualified for NC Public Librarian certification. Being flexible about the type of library you might work in can be helpful if you need to find a job in a specific location. For information: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ld/resources/public-librarian-certification

The MLS Program at East Carolina University was granted full ALA accreditation in February 2015.

The Master of Library Science (MLS) program offers a school library focused set of courses that meets the requirements of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for licensure as a school library media coordinator.

The MLS program is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association (NCATE-ALA/AASL). The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

ECU MLS Program Presentation

The MLS program admits new students in the fall and spring semesters. The program adheres to the admissions standards adopted by the ECU Graduate School. The ECU Graduate School minimum GPA for admission is 2.7. Admissions decisions are based on consideration of undergraduate academic record, graduate record if applicable, test scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), students' written statements of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Minimum scores on the GRE or MAT are not specified by the Graduate School, although in general, a GRE of 1000 or a MAT of 400 is acceptable.

Application information is available from the ECU Graduate School, and information on tuition and fees is available from the ECU Cashier's Office. In addition to the ECU Graduate School requirements, the MLS program evaluates applicants' aptitude for and commitment to the profession through their letters of recommendation and their required statement of purpose essay. Student aptitude and commitment are demonstrated by a wide range of evidence, including, but not limited to, the applicants' career history, extracurricular and community activities, and professional goals. The required essay also demonstrates an applicant's writing ability, a core skill required of all graduate students.

A prospective student who does not meet the Graduate School's admission guidelines may be reviewed for Admission by Exception to the MLS program. An interview with the MLS Admission Committee may be required for this review.

Due to the U.S. Department of Education Regulation on State Approval of Out-of-State Education Providers, ECU does not offer online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Maryland.

MLS Courses for Spring 2018
  • LIBS 6010 Foundations of Library and Information Studies
  • LIBS 6014 Intro to Reference
  • LIBS 6016 Technology for Library Services (Formerly 6042)
  • LIBS 6019 Research Literacy in Library Science
  • LIBS 6026 Organization of Information in Libraries
  • LIBS 6031 Library Admin and Management
  • LIBS 6048 Collection Development (Formerly 6018)
  • LIBS 6137 Materials for Young Adults
  • LIBS 6142 Instructional Foundations of the School Library Media Program
  • LIBS 6144 Instructional Strategies and Leadership for School Media Specialists
  • LIBS 6972 Research Methods in Library and Information Studies
  • LIBS 6989 Early Internship
  • LIBS 6991 School Library Internship
  • LIBS 6992 Public or Academic Library Internship
Electives
  • LIBS 6828 Seminar Intellectual Freedom
    • This course has been coded as 2 s.h. You MUST also register for an accompanying LIBS 6881 (1 credit independent study) to equal a 3-credit hour course. Adding LIBS 6881 allows LIBS 6828 to be the 3 s.h. course that was intended.
  • LIBS 6903 Library Services to Special and Diverse Populations

Electives offered vary each semester. The List of Recommended Electives shows possible electives, but always check actual course schedules to determine when a course in being offered.

Scholarship Opportunities
Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides education, guidance, and support to individuals and families in the financial aid process. The office administers Federal, State, and Institutional aid programs to students at East Carolina University.

Printable version of this Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

How to Apply

To apply to the Master of Library Science (MLS) program, a prospective student must follow the application guidelines as specified with the Graduate School. Transcripts from all institutions that a student attended as an undergraduate are required.

In addition, a prospective student must take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

A prospective student who does not hold school media licensure, but has a previous graduate degree in library science, may apply as a non-degree student in order to complete courses required for school media coordinator licensure.

A prospective applicant who holds an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in another discipline must complete the full MLS degree requirements.