The UI sponsors library science courses that are only available through ISI. These courses are required for the Idaho Teacher Librarian (K-12) Endorsement. Additionally, ISI offers courses applicable to the UI's library science teaching minor. These courses can also be taken for professional development and personal enrichment. The programs are as follows:
Idaho certified teachers who are interested in school library and media positions and have a secondary, standard elementary, exceptional child, standard occupational specialist or advanced occupational specialist teaching certificate may earn a Teacher Librarian Endorsement (K–12) by taking library science courses through ISI. This endorsement requires 20 semester-hour credits of coursework leading toward competency as defined by Idaho Standards for Teacher Librarians to include the following: collection development/materials selection, literature for children and/or young adults; organization of information (cataloging and classification); school library administration/management; library information technologies; information literacy; and reference and information service; and meet or exceed the state qualifying score on the Idaho Praxis II test number 5311.
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.
Departmental approval and approval of site are required for the practicum; it is approved after the majority of the required course work has been completed.
- Library Science Teaching Minor for University of Idaho Students
To obtain a teaching minor in library science, students must be admitted to the University of Idaho. The teaching minor in library science must total 20 semester-hour credits of coursework in the subject areas listed above under the Teacher Librarian. This teaching minor will qualify the student for the Idaho K-12 Teacher Librarian Endorsement. Because 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.