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Master of Library Science

ALA accredited sealThe 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.

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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 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 (0311) Praxis/NTE (National Teacher's exam). LIBS 6989 Early Internship is a pre requisite for students seeking media coordinator licensure and lacking an initial teaching licensure.

  • Prospective school pathway 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 pathway 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 pathway 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 pathways 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 pathway 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 Pathway.

Public Library

In addition to the eight required courses of the degree, public library pathway 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 Pathway.

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 pathway 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 Pathway.

Applicants holding a graduate degree in library science who are seeking school licensure are required to submit transcripts to the Library Science Program Coordinator BEFORE applying to the Graduate School as a non-degree student. Upon review by the program, a course of study will be determined to meet the competencies of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association working with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Initial Licensure

Instructions for students without school licensure seeking initial licensure entry into departmental licensure fields:School Library Media Coordinator (076)

In addition to the requirements for the MLS and licensure, candidates without a current teaching license are required to take three additional hours as pre-requisites. This course should be taken before Tier 2 courses.

LIBS 6989 - Early internship

Purpose:To expose the candidate to the school environment and introduce the school culture in the selected environment.

Application:The same application form as for the 6991 Internship may be used.

Requirements:110 contact hours within a school. During this time the candidate will be in the school observing and reflecting on the school culture; visiting classrooms, the various departments and administrators; special programs (such as special education services). See the supportive checksheet for examples.

Final product:Write a reflective paper on the experience and attach the activities checksheet.

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.

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.

Summer 2015 LIBS Courses

Course Maximum enrollment Section Room Days Time Instructor
4950 25 601 Lit for Children - Online 1st Summer Lou Sua
Tier 1

6042

20

601

Tech for Library Services - Online

Barbara Marson

Tier 2

6012

20

601

Anlyz & Synth Prof Lib Info - Online

Elaine Yontz

6026 20 601 Organization of Info in Libraries - Online Barbara Marson
6031 20 601 Lib Adm & Mgmt - Online Al Jones
6031
20 602  Lib Adm & Mgmt - Online TBA

Tier 3

6018

20

601

Collection Development - Online

Jami Jones

6018
20 602  Collection Development - Online Jami Jones

6137

20

601

Materials for Young Adults - Online

Lou Sua

6137

20

602

Materials for Young Adults - Online

Lou Sua

6142

20

601

Instr Found School Lib Media Prog - Online

Kaye Dotson

6144

20

602

Inst Str Lder School Medi Spec - Online

Jami Jones

6972 20 601

Res Meth in Lib & Info Studies – Online
(required for academic library pathway)

John Harer

6991

20

601

Internship: Seminar - Online

Kaye Dotson

Electives

6215 20 601 Genealogy for Libraries - Online Al Jones
6160 20 601 Art of Storytelling - Online John Harer

6903 Special Topics

20

601

E-Resources - Online Elaine Yontz

Fall 2015 LIBS Courses

Course Maximum enrollment Section Room Days Time Instructor
3200 Art of Storytelling
25 001 Rivers 271 T/Th 11-12:15 John Harer
3200 Art of Storytelling
25 002 Rivers 271 T/Th 3:30-4:45 John Harer
4950 25 601 Lit for Children - Online Elaine Yontz
4950 25 602 Lit for Children - Online Elaine Yontz
4950 25 603 Lit for Children - Online TBA
4950 25 Section reserved for NCSECU Students Lit for Children - Online TBA
4950 25 Section reserved for NCSECU Students Lit for Children - Online TBA
Tier 1

6010

20

601

Foundations of Lib & Info Studies - Online

Barbara Marson

6014 20 601 Intro to Reference - Online Al Jones
6014 20 602 Intro to Reference - Online Al Jones

6042

20

601

Tech for Library Services - Online

Barbara Marson

6042 20 602 Tech for Library Services - Online Barbara Marson

Tier 2

6012

20

601

Anlyz & Synth Prof Lib Info - Online

Al Jones

6012

20

602

Anlyz & Synth Prof Lib Info - Online

Elaine Yontz

6026 20 601 Organization of Info in Libraries - Online Barbara Marson
6031 20 601 Lib Adm & Mgmt - Online TBA

Tier 3

6018

20

601

Collection Development - Online

Jami Jones

6135

20

601

Materials for Children - Online

Lou Sua

6135

20

602

Materials for Children - Online

Lou Sua

6142

20

601

Instr Found School Lib Media Prog - Online

Kaye Dotson

6142

20

602

Instr Found School Lib Media Prog - Online

Kaye Dotson

6144

20

601

Inst Str Lder School Medi Spec - Online

Jami Jones

6144

20

602

Inst Str Lder School Medi Spec - Online

Jami Jones

6991

20

601

Internship: Seminar - Online

Kaye Dotson

7050

20

601

Seminar on Public Libraries (required for public lib pathway)

Lou Sua

Elective

6903 Special Topics

20

601

Diversity in Libraries - Online Lou Sua

Advising

Students admitted to the Library Science Program are assigned a member of the MLS Faculty as an advisor. Students can find the name of their advisor in the Banner Self Service area on Onestop.ecu.edu.


Incomplete

  • An incomplete can only be carried for one year, at which time it will convert to an "F". Incompletes are granted at the discretion of the instructor.
  • A student with two or more incompletes will not be allowed to take additional courses until the incompletes are removed. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances will be viewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will receive notice from the Graduate School that they are on academic probation and have one semester to meet the required 3.0 average.

Registering For A Course
Please follow the instructions found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/registrar/upload/registering_classes.pdf

Dropping A Course

In order to withdraw from any distance education course, you must e-mail the Office of the Registrar at DEdrops@ecu.edu. Please provide your name, the course(s) you wish to drop or withdraw from, and the reason for dropping or withdrawing. To reach the Office of the Registrar by phone in regards to dropping Distance Education courses please toll-free 1-800-398-9275 option 2.

Technology Support

Technology support for students at ECU is available from Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS). ITCS provides instructional information via its website and Facebook page. IT Help is available online through email and chat. For details, visit http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/students.cfm.


Portfolio

Almost every graduate program includes a capstone experience or project that is used to assess whether students have met overall program goals. These capstone experiences can be research papers, theses, dissertations, culminating projects, comprehensive exams, oral exams, interviews, or a combination of these types of activities. The portfolio process requires a student's participation throughout his or her coursework, and begins in the first course in the sequence (LIBS 6010). Throughout a student's time in the program, he or she steadily posts to a portfolio and demonstrates mastery of professional skills, abilities, and dispositions required for the practice of the profession. This is done through the use of course artifacts (course projects) along with the student's reflection upon those skills, abilities, and dispositions as revealed in the artifacts. The reflection essay associated with each artifact helps explain how the artifact demonstrates that the program objective and other professional standards have been met. It also acts as a record of the student's self-assessment. The MLS portfolio is posted in Taskstream, which is used by all students in the College of Education. Each student undergoes a mid-program and final review of the portfolio. A student must pass the final portfolio review in order to obtain the degree or licensure.

For detailed instructions on creating and maintaining a portfolio account, read Taskstream 101.


Graduation Guidelines

To reach your goal to graduate with the fewest frustrations, here are some important facts, deadlines, and procedures:

  • You must be registered the semester you graduate. (If you graduate in the summer, spring enrollment will count.
  • Apply for graduation at least one semester PRIOR to the one you anticipate graduating online through Banner Self Service at least one semester prior to completing the requirements of the degree. Instructions for How to Apply for Graduation Using Banner Self Service (PDF)
  • For NC school media coordinator licensure, take the Praxis II Subject Assessment and Specialty Area Test (0311 Library Media Specialist). You should take the Praxis close to the end of your program completion.Sign up in the Testing Center in Brewster or online at ETS.org. Further information is available at Praxis web site.
  • For NC Public Library certification, see instructions at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ld/plcert/plcert1.html. After graduation, get an official ECU transcript and send it with the application as directed on the form.

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.

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For More Information

Dr. John Harer
  MLS Program Coordinator

126-A Ragsdale
Mail Stop 172
252-328-4389
harerj@ecu.edu


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