Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Library Science, MLS

Program Coordinator: Barbara Marson (119 Ragsdale Hall; 252-328-2347; marsonb@ecu.edu)

Contacts by concentrations:

  • Academic Librarianship: Kawanna Bright (112 Ragsdale Hall; 252-737-1150; brightka19@ecu.edu)
  • Public Librarianship: Africa Hands (126A Ragsdale Hall; 252-328-4389; handsa19@ecu.edu)
  • School Librarianship: Kaye Dotson (108 Ragsdale Hall; 252-328-2787; dotsonl@ecu.edu)

The master of library science is a totally online degree program designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in Pre K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, public libraries, and related settings. All students are eligible for NC Public Library Certification upon completion of the MLS degree requirements. Seven core courses (21 s.h.) are required of all students to be taken in a consecutive series.

The degree requires a minimum requirement of 39 s.h. as follows:

2. Concentrations - 18 s.h.

Select one concentration from below:


  • The 076 Media Coordinator license also requires a satisfactory score on the Media Coordinator Praxis/NTE (National Teacher’s exam). LIBS 6989 - Early Internship  is a prerequisite for students seeking media coordinator licensure and lacking an initial teaching licensure. Prospective school pathway applicants who hold an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in another discipline must complete the full MLS degree requirements, as specified above (39 or 42 s.h.).
  • Applicants holding a graduate degree in library science who are seeking school licensure are required to submit transcripts for evaluation. Upon review, a course of study will be determined to meet the competencies of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association working with the Council for Educator Preparation.