Mar 04, 2024  
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. Home department: School of Information Sciences .

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

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.