Technology + literature = success

This online program was designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who already have initial teacher certification and are seeking Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification in Library Media Specialist.

Note This certification preparation program might be compatible with certification programs in other states. To inquire, contact Denice Adkins at

The courses in this program encompass all competencies required by DESE, but students will need to apply for certification on their own.

Check the DESE educator certification web page and the compendium of Missouri certification requirements for details.


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Your plan of study will include IS_LT 7380 School Library Practicum (3 credit hours), which requires 100 clock hours spent in a school library or school libraries in your area.

Certification requires successful completion of 30 required credit hours of education courses included in the online master’s of library and information science with an emphasis in library media specialist. This program only leads to state certification. Students must apply to the master’s degree program in order to earn the master’s degree in library and information science.

How to enroll

If you are seeking certification through DESE, you may take MU courses individually as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student without applying to the master’s program.

Important If you take individual courses as a post-baccalaureate and plan to apply course credit toward the master’s program, you must be accepted into the degree program before you finish 9 credit hours of course work.

Apply to enroll as a post-baccalaureate student

Tuition and financial aid

Online graduate students pay in-state tuition regardless of residency.

credit hours
tuition + fees per credit hour
estimated program cost

This estimate is for illustrative purposes only and is based on academic year 2020 information. It includes:

  • Missouri resident graduate tuition of $386.00 per credit hour, plus
  • College of Education course fee of $53.00 per credit hour, plus
  • Information technology fee of $14.03 per credit hour.

It does not include your application fee, textbooks or course materials. Additional fees may apply.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. SISLT is a proud member of the iSchools consortium, an international coalition of leading information schools.