The University of Idaho sponsors library science courses that are only available through ISI. These courses are required for the Idaho Education Media Generalist Endorsement (K–12). Additionally, Independent Study in Idaho offers courses applicable to the University of Idaho library science teaching minor. These courses can also be taken for professional advancement. The programs are as follows:
- Education Media Generalist Endorsement (K–12)
Certified teachers who are interested in school library or media positions and have a standard or advanced teaching certificate may earn an Education Media Generalist Endorsement (K–12) by taking library science courses through ISI. This endorsement requires 20 semester-hour credits in the general field of educational media (or library science) including at least three credits in literature for children or youth, and a passing score on the Idaho Praxis II Test 10311. Courses that fulfill the 20 semester hours are LibS 420, 421, 423, 425, either 419 or 424, and 428 or 429. These courses may be approved for endorsements in other states. Teachers outside the state of Idaho should check with their state’s department of education to determine requirements and to obtain written confirmation that ISI credits are acceptable for their state’s endorsement.
- Library Science Teaching Minor for University of Idaho Students
To obtain a teaching minor in library science, students must be admitted to the College of Education at the University of Idaho. The teaching minor in library science requires 24 credits. At least 12 of these must be in the area of selection, organization and administration of library materials. This teaching minor qualifies students for the Idaho Education Media Generalist Endorsement (K–12). Since library science is not a teaching field, the teacher-librarian must also qualify for a standard Idaho elementary or secondary teacher’s certificate. For more information about the University of Idaho Library Science teaching minor, contact:
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443080
Moscow ID 83844-3080
Phone: (208) 885-7446
Fax: (208) 885-6869
Graduate level (500) library science courses can only be taken with instructor permission. Contact ISI for instructor contact information.