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    May 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

School Librarianship Graduate Certificate

The School Librarianship certificate is for any new student, or currently or previously enrolled student at the University of Tennessee, who has a valid Tennessee teaching license. The certificate, in combination with a master’s degree and successful completion of the School Librarian Praxis exam, prepares an individual to work as a school librarian in a PreK-12 setting in Tennessee.

Campus Code:


Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type:



Admissions Standards/Procedures:

  • A completed online application must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, and the applicant must meet the School of Information Sciences graduate program standards, including:
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher;
  • A 400-700 word written statement of your career objectives
  • Letters of recommendation from 3 persons qualified to judge academic and/or professional qualities
  • Resume
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Applicants with a master’s degree from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association may request a transcript evaluation to ascertain exactly what courses need to be completed.

Academic Standards:

A grade of B or better must be earned in all certificate courses.

Credit Hours Required:

23 graduate credit hours

Required Courses:

  • INSC 511  Information Concepts and Foundations
  • INSC 512  Information Organization and Retrieval
  • INSC 514  Information Technology Foundations
  • INSC 551  School Libraries
  • INSC 560  Development & Management of Collections
  • INSC 571  Children’s Materials
  • INSC 572  Young Adult Materials
  • INSC 596  Field-based Experience in School Libraries - (2 credit hours; 100 clock hours)

Non-Course Requirements

For an official endorsement to be added to a State of Tennessee teaching license, you must also successfully pass the Praxis Library Media Specialty exam (5311).

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.