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Educational Leadership and Human Development

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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Human Services (Learning Resources), Education Specialist

Students who have already earned their master's degree in library science or education may pursue an Education Specialist degree in human services with an option in learning resources. This program prepares students for advanced positions in learning resource centers at the building or district level. Students may complete the requirements for certification while pursuing this degree. Those who already have certification may pursue a wide variety of educational goals.

To be accepted into the program, candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.25, three letters of reference, and a personal interview (which may be waived because of geographic constraints).

Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit within an approved program of study beyond a master's degree At least 18 semester hours of this program must be 5000 and 6000 level courses. A minimum of 6 semester hours must be 6000 level courses.

Aided by an advisor in the student's area of specialization and in consultation with the other members of the student's advisory committee, students select between 24 and 26 credit hours of courses selected from the required courses for the master's degree in Library Science and Information Services. The program concludes with a formal research component consisting of a thesis.

Research Component

The final component of the Education Specialist degree is a research component:

Required Graduate Courses
27-28 Hours

LIS 6990 Thesis


LIS 5910 Action Research in School Libraries
EdFL 5900 Introduction to Research


Minimum Total Semester Hours:


Certification: Students who wish to receive school library media certification as a part of the Education Specialist degree must take the courses listed below. These courses are designed to meet the requirements established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for library media certification. Those requirements are noted in parentheses after each course.

Required Courses Leading to Certification
(DESE Requirements, Semester Hours)

LIS 5100: Foundations of Librarianship (Introductory Seminar, 1)


LIS 5250: Developing and Managing Collections (Selection & Acquisition, 3)


LIS 5240: Library Media Administration (Library Media Administration, 3)


LIS 5340: Children's, Adolescent, & Young Adult Literature (Children's or Adolescent Literature, 3)


LIS 5270: Organizing Information (Cataloging, 3)


LIS 5322: Reference Sources & Services (Reference, 3)


LIS 5260: Library Systems & Information Technology (Information Technologies, 3)


LIS 5770: Curriculum and the Media Center (Utilization and Integration, 3)


LIS 5820: Practicum I (Practicum, 2)


Students must enroll in a minimum of 6 hours at the 6000 level. They will write a thesis.

Minimum total semester hours: 30

Notes: 1) Students who have not had a Basic Reading Techniques for Secondary Teachers course may take EDFL 5208 Content Area Literacy. It is required for K-12 school library media certification.  2) The practicum may be waived per DESE if you have been working as a library media specialist for three years.

Sample Program of Study for Certification