School Library/Media Specialist Initial Licensure

If you already have a teaching license and wish to pursue a career as a school librarian/media specialist, there are programs available through Kent State's iSchool (School of Information) for obtaining this licensure, along with a Master's Degree.

If you do not have a teaching license, you can become a school librarian in Ohio through an INITIAL Licensure program. The Educational Technology program offers a 57 credit hour dual degree program with the School of Information for initial K-12 School Library Media Licensure. Most of the program is available online, including all of the SLIS and ETEC courses, but a few courses from other program areas might not be.

View the Dual Degree Requirements for this program

Interested parties need to apply to both the College of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS) and the School of Information (iSchool). TWO separate applications must be submitted, and you must be accepted by both ETEC and the iSchool. The contact person at the iSchool for this program is Dr. Meghan Harper. Contact her for further information about applying (330-672-5849 or

Visit the School of Information site for this program

For more information on applying for admission to EHHS, including a link to apply online, visit the Graduate Student Services Admissions page. For admission into this program you must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale. Also required are a goal statement, 3 reference forms or letters, and college transcripts. Forms associated with the application process are available on the Forms page.

If you have any further questions, contact the program coordinator.