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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Initial Certification

Initial certification may be earned in a variety of ways with varying benefits and drawbacks. Students who do not have certification but who have a bachelor's degree may seek school library media certification through alternative certification.

To develop a certification plan, contact Clinical Services and Certification:

Clinical Services & Certification
University of Central Missouri
Lovinger 2170
Warrensburg MO 64093
Telephone: 660-543-8441

Certification Course Work

The certification plan developed by Clinical Services and Certification becomes the roadmap candidates use to pursue certification. This plan includes professional education courses and subject area courses.

Certification Assessments



Completion of Master of Science or Education Specialist Degree

Master of Science in Library Science and Information Services: Once candidates have completed the coursework required for certification, they are only a few semester hours short of a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. The additional courses required for the master's degree are as follows:

Additional Courses Required for the Master's Degree
Semester Hours
LIS 5910 Action Research in School Libraries
LIS 6960 Research Paper


Sample MS program of study form with initial certification.

Education Specialist in Human Services, Learning Resources: For those candidates who have a master's degree in education, library science, or closely related field, the certification courses listed above form the core of their program. The additional courses required for the Education Specialist degree are as follows:

Additional Courses Required for the Education Specialist
Semester Hours
LIS 6730 Seminar
LIS 6960 Research Problem
LIS 6990 Thesis

A research course such as
LIS 5910 Action Research in School Libraries (3 hours) or
EDFL 5900 Introduction to Research (3 hours)


Sample EdS program of study form with initial certification.