Library and Information Sciences: School Media Licensure Notice

This information is provided in good faith to applicants as of July 17, 2020.

The iSchool@Syracuse leads to a Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences: School Media. The designed outcome is to lead to School Media Specialist Initial Certificate within New York. Other state licensing boards may require applicants to hold a teaching credential and/or have prior professional teaching experience to work as a school media specialist.

The table below and State by State Certifications from School Library Connection provides helpful guidance about state specific requirements. Students are expected to complete their own due diligence when researching licensure requirements.

Please confirm if the state you intend to practice in requires a teaching credential and/or prior professional experience before pursuing a career as a school media specialist by reaching out to your state licensing board.

The information below provides a state by state breakdown of comparable licenses, including a determination of eligibility for licensure. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state specific requirements. Other licenses may be more applicable and/or require additional standards. Licensure requirements and appropriate pathways/grade levels are subject to change and may differ based on individual student backgrounds, including coursework taken outside the scope of the program. Students should do their own due diligence and determine the appropriate pathway and license type for themselves.

Alabama

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Provisional Certificate.

Accreditation Requirements: Senior institution that is regionally accredited.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: Two full years of full-time, professional educational work experience.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Background clearance;
  2. Out-of-state certificate verification form; and
  3. Professional educational work experience verification form.

State Regulation(s):

Alabama - Regulations

Alabama - Out-of-State FAQ

State Board:

Alabama - Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Two full years of full-time, professional educational work experience.

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Alaska

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Special Services Certificate (Type C).

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s):

  1. Three semester hours in Alaska studies; and
  2. Three semester hours in multicultural education or cross-cultural communications. Please note: If applicants are unable to meet the above curriculum requirements, they will be issued a Provisional Type C Special Services Certificate and will have to complete the required coursework by the certificate's expiration date.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Recommendation by preparing institution; and
  2. The following trainings must be completed: a.) Alcohol- and drug-related disabilities; b.) Sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention; c.) Dating violence awareness and prevention; and d.) Youth suicide awareness and prevention.

State Regulation(s):

Alaska - Regulations

Alaska - Type C Requirements

State Board:

Alaska - Teacher Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Arizona

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library-Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: One year of verified full-time teaching experience and must hold a valid Arizona Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or Special Education certificate.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Subject Knowledge Competency.

State Regulation(s): Arizona - Regulations

State Board: Arizona - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: One year of verified full-time experience.

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Arkansas

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Pedagogical and content-area assessments required by the
licensing state.

State Regulation(s): The regulations are unavailable at this time.

State Board: Arkansas - Educator Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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California

What is Issued: Credential.

Name of Credential: Teacher Librarian Services Credential.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must hold one of the following:

  1. Credential that required completion of a professional teacher preparation program, including student teaching; or
  2. Clear full-time designated subjects teaching credential.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Program must be at least 30 graduate semester units.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Basic Skills Requirement.

Additional Requirements:

  1. A photocopy of the out-of-state credential; or
  2. A letter from the issuing state’s licensing agency verifying eligibility for the credential.
  3. Possession of an English learner authorization.

State Regulation(s): California - Regulations

State Board: California - Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Colorado

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Teacher Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Hold a Colorado initial or professional teacher license.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Supervised practicum or internship which includes both elementary and secondary school library experience in a diverse K-12 setting.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Colorado - Regulations

State Board: Colorado - Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Connecticut

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: School Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Yes.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 30 semester hours of graduate credit in school library media. At least nine graduate credits must be specific to school-based coursework in such areas as:

  1. Teaching students, staff, and faculty to utilize media and its accompanying technology by applying valid instructional methods and techniques;
  2. Application of principles of administration and supervision for effective leadership and operation of the school library media center program; and
  3. Formulation of the educational specifications and contribution to the design of school library media facilities.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Connecticut - Regulations

State Board: Connecticut - Department of Education

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: 10 months experience required.

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Delaware

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. American Library Association (ALA); or
  2. Regionally accredited college or university that meets American Library Association (ALA) standards.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Holds a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License or Standard or Professional Status Certificate.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Delaware - Regulations

State Board: Delaware - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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District of Columbia

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: Approved licensure program.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s):

  1. Cataloging and classification;
  2. Selection and use of media for children;
  3. Instructional media design and development/production;
  4. Information sources, services and instruction;
  5. School library organization; and
  6. Integration of technology into the curriculum. Please note: These courses are required if completing a master’s degree in library science.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Directed field experience with an experienced library media specialist.

Examination(s): DC-required library media specialist content exam.

State Regulation(s): District of Columbia - Regulations

State Board: District of Columbia - Educator Credentialing and Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirement.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The following curricula is required:

  1. Cataloging and classification;
  2. Selection and use of media for children;
  3. Instructional media design and development/production;
  4. Information sources, services and instruction;
  5. School library organization; and
  6. Integration of technology into the curriculum

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Florida

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Certificate, Educational Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Yes, but the amount of experience required is unknown.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

Notes: The information has been provided by the state and is not available online.

State Regulation(s): Florida - Regulations

State Board: Florida - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Georgia

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: State-approved certification program.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) approved course in the identification and education of children who have special educational needs. The course should be three semester hours of college credit.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content knowledge assessment.

Additional Requirements: Standards of conduct.

State Regulation(s): Georgia - Regulations

State Board: Georgia Professional Standards Commission

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Hawaii

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: School Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Hawaii - Regulations

State Board: Hawaii - Teacher Standards Board

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Programs must complete the Affiliation Agreement in order to place students at sites for field experiences.

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Idaho

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must hold a Secondary Certificate or a Standard Elementary Certificate.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 20 semester credit hours, including:

  1. Collection Development/Materials Section;
  2. Literature for Youth or Children;
  3. Organization of Information;
  4. School Library Administration/Management; and
  5. Library Information Technologies and Information Literacy.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s):

  1. Content assessment;
  2. Pedagogy assessment; and
  3. Performance assessments.

State Regulation(s): Idaho - Regulations

State Board: Idaho - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Illinois

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Information Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: Must hold one of the following:

  1. Early Childhood Education;
  2. Elementary Education; or
  3. Special Education.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 24 semester hours with 12 at the upper division.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Library Information Specialist test.

State Regulation(s): Illinois - Regulations

State Board: Illinois - Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Indiana

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library/Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Yes.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Pearson CORE content test.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Suicide prevention training; and
  2. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.

State Regulation(s):

Indiana - Regulations

Indiana - Administrative Code

State Board:

Indiana - Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state does not specify the number of years of teaching experience required.

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Iowa

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: School Teacher Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: May be added after issuance of teaching, administrative, or school service personnel license.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 30 semester hours in school library coursework, including:

  1. Literacy and reading;
  2. Information and knowledge; and
  3. Program administration and leadership.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Completion of practicum.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Iowa - Regulations

State Board: Iowa - Board of Educational Examiners

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Kansas

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: School Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must hold a professional teaching license.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Praxis II.

State Regulation(s): Kansas - Regulations

State Board: Kansas - Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Kentucky

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media, Endorsement.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited educator preparation institution.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: Two years of experience.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Praxis: Library Media Specialist (5311).

Additional Requirements:

  1. Applicants must obtain teacher certification with a library media endorsement
  2. If applicants have less than two years of teaching experience and are seeking initial certification, they will need to complete the following: a.) Serve a one year internship; or b.) Apply for a conditional certificate if applicant has taken but failed to successfully complete the appropriate assessments.

State Regulation(s):

Kentucky - Out-of-State

Kentucky - 16 KAR 2:010

Kentucky - 161.030

State Board:

Kentucky - Education Professional Standards Board

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirement.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state requires the program to be approved by the Education Professionals Standards Board in order to operate. The program is not currently approved. In addition, the information provided has not been confirmed by the state.

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Louisiana

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Praxis Library Media Specialist examination.

State Regulation(s): Louisiana - Regulations

State Board: Teach Louisiana

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Maine

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Library/Media Specialist Certificate.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 36 semester hours in library science coursework, including: Teaching Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s):

  1. Praxis II; and
  2. Principles of Learning and Teaching Level.

Additional Requirements: Criminal history record check approval.

State Regulation(s): Maine - Regulations

State Board: Maine - Certification and Credentialing

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

 

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Maryland

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: Institution of higher education.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Maryland - Regulations

State Board: Maryland - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Massachusetts

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Teacher, Library.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Communication and Literacy Skills test.

Additional Requirements: Evidence of sound moral character.

State Regulation(s): Massachusetts - Regulations

State Board: Massachusetts - Office of Educator Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Michigan

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: No.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Not Specified.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

Notes: The information has been provided by the state and is not available online.

State Regulation(s): Not Applicable.

State Board: Michigan - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The program is an educator preparation program; however, the state requires applicants to complete a teacher preparation program.

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Minnesota

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Must complete a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board preparation program.

Field Experience Requirement(s):

  1. 100 hours prior to student teaching;
  2. 12 continuous weeks student teaching period; and
  3. Experience must be at three different levels.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Minnesota - Regulations

State Board: Minnesota - Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Must complete a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board preparation program.

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Mississippi

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Library/Media, 5 Year License.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Praxis Subject Assessment.

State Regulation(s): Mississippi - Regulations

State Board: Mississippi - Educator Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Missouri

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media Endorsement.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Missouri - Regulations

State Board: Missouri - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state only accepts students who completed an out-of-state program if they hold a license in the university's home state.

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Montana

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media Endorsement.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Must include supervised teaching experience.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

Notes: The information has been provided by the state and is not available online.

State Regulation(s): Not Applicable.

State Board: Montana - Educator Licensing

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The program is an educator preparation program; however, the state requires applicants to complete a teacher preparation program.

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Nebraska

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: School Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must hold teaching certificate or concurrently earn a subject or field endorsement.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 30 semester hours must be completed. If completing courses, the following are required:

  1. Leadership;
  2. Library Administration;
  3. Technology;
  4. Information Access;
  5. Children's and Young Adult Literature;
  6. Resource Management; and
  7. Curriculum and Instruction.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Praxis 0311/5311 Library Media Specialist.

State Regulation(s): Nebraska - Regulations

State Board: Nebraska - Teacher Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: 30 semester hours in library media courses; Various courses required.

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Nevada

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: School Library Media Specialist, Endorsement.

Accreditation Requirements:

  1. Approved by the Board of a regional accrediting association; or
  2. American Library Association (ALA).

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must hold a valid elementary, middle school or junior high school, secondary or special teaching license.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 21 semester credits, including the following courses:

  1. Organization and Administration of a School Library;
  2. Cataloging and Classification of Materials for a Library;
  3. Reference, Bibliography, and Information Skills;
  4. Use and Selection of Educational Media for a Library;
  5. Children's and Young Adults' Literature; and
  6. Computers in the Library.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Supervised practicum in an elementary, middle or junior high school, or a secondary school library.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Nevada - Regulations

State Board: Nevada - Educator Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Various courses required.

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New Hampshire

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Supervised off-campus practicum at both elementary and secondary levels.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s):

New Hampshire - Regulations -Chapter Ed 500

New Hampshire - Regulations - Chapter Ed 600

State Board:

New Hampshire - Certification and Credentialing

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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New Jersey

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: School Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): New Jersey - Regulations

State Board: New Jersey - Certification and Induction

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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New Mexico

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must have an initial license.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 24-36 semester hours in library media.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Content Knowledge Assessment.

State Regulation(s): New Mexico - Regulations

State Board: New Mexico - Professional Licensure Bureau

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state does not specify the number of years of teaching experience required.

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New York

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: Completion of a New York state registered program.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s):

  1. New York State Teacher Certification Exam;
  2. edTPA - Library Specialist; and
  3. Content Specialty Test.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Workshop: Dignity for All Students Act;
  2. Fingerprint clearance; and
  3. Institutional recommendation.

State Regulation(s): New York - Regulations

State Board: New York - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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North Carolina

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Media Coordinator.

Accreditation Requirements: An approved program.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Praxis Library Media Specialist.

State Regulation(s): North Carolina - Regulations

State Board: North Carolina - Professional Educator's Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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North Dakota

What is Issued: Credential.

Name of Credential: Library Media Credential.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must be licensed to teach or approved to teach by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board.

Curriculum Requirement(s): North Dakota - Credential Standards

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): North Dakota - Regulations

State Board: North Dakota - Education Standards and Practices Board

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state does not specify the years of experience required; Various courses required.

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Ohio

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Library/Media.

Accreditation Requirements: An accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Teaching of Reading in Library/Media.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s):

  1. Content area exam(s); and
  2. Professional knowledge/pedagogy exam for educator licensure.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Must complete an approved program of teacher preparation;
  2. Must hold standard or professional out-of-state teaching license; and
  3. Recommended by the dean or head of teacher education at an institution approved to prepare teachers.

State Regulation(s):

Ohio - Laws and Rules

Ohio - Regulations

State Board:

Ohio - Educator Licenses

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Oklahoma

What is Issued: Unknown.

Name of Credential: Unknown.

Accreditation Requirements: Unknown.

Is Reciprocity Required: Unknown.

Professional Experience: Unknown.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Unknown.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Unknown.

Examination(s): Unknown.

Notes: The information has been provided by the state and is not available online.

State Regulation(s): Not Applicable.

State Board: Oklahoma - Teacher Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Oregon

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: Unknown.

Professional Experience: Yes.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Unknown.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Unknown.

Examination(s): Unknown.

Notes: The information has been provided by the state and is not available online.

State Regulation(s): Not Applicable.

State Board: Oregon - Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirement.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Regulations are not available.

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Pennsylvania

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Librarian Certificate.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s):

  1. Content area; and
  2. Basic skills.

Additional Requirements: Complete an Education Preparation Program Verification Form.

State Regulation(s): Pennsylvania - Regulations

State Board: Pennsylvania - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirement.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Students must review the Interstate Agreement.

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Rhode Island

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Library Media Certificate.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited institution.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Meet content competencies as prescribed by the American Library Association (ALA).

Field Experience Requirement(s):

  1. Completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of student teaching; and
  2. Minimum of 60 hours field experience prior to student teaching.

Examination(s):

  1. Rhode Island pedagogy and subject matter testing; and
  2. Praxis.

State Regulation(s): Rhode Island - Regulations

State Board: Rhode Island - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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South Carolina

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: An approved program.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education.

State Regulation(s): South Carolina - Regulations

State Board: South Carolina - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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South Dakota

What is Issued: Unknown.

Name of Credential: Unknown.

Accreditation Requirements: Unknown.

Is Reciprocity Required: Unknown.

Professional Experience: Unknown.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Unknown.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Unknown.

Examination(s): Unknown.

Notes: At this time, South Dakota's regulations pertaining to School Media Specialists are under construction.

State Regulation(s): Under Construction.

State Board: South Dakota - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Tennessee

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Practitioner License.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Qualifying scores on required content assessments.

Additional Requirements: Proof of a full, valid and continuously renewable license comparable to the Tennessee professional license.

Notes: In order for students to apply via direct apply pathway, out-of-state educator preparation programs are required to have a partnership agreement with Tennessee. As we have not confirmed that our programs have this, Tennessee is restricted to students as a reciprocity-only pathway.

State Regulation(s): Tennessee - Regulations

State Board: Tennessee - Educator Licensure and Preparation

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state does not specify the amount of years required.

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Texas

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: Accredited by an accrediting agency.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Two years of classroom experience.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Must complete required testing.

State Regulation(s): Texas - Regulations

State Board: Texas - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirement.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: Two years of classroom experience required.

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Utah

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media Endorsement.

Accreditation Requirements: Approved institution of higher education.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Coursework in children’s or adolescent/young adult literature.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Library media practicum in an accredited school.

Examination(s): Praxis II.

Additional Requirements: Utah State Board of Education background fingerprint check.

State Regulation(s):

Utah - Application

Utah - Regulations

State Board:

Utah - Educator Licensing

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirements.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: The state only accepts students who completed an out-of-state program if they hold a license in the university's home state.

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Vermont

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: School Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Yes.

Curriculum Requirement(s): 18 credits in library and information science.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Practicum or equivalent, in school library media services and instruction divided equally between a PK-6 and 7-12 setting.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

State Regulation(s): Vermont - Regulations

State Board: Vermont - Agency of Education

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Virginia

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media K-12.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Teaching license required.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Supervised school library media practicum.

Examination(s): Professional teacher assessments.

State Regulation(s):

Virginia - Regulations

Virginia - Out-of-State and Online

State Board:

Virginia - Licensure

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirements.

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Washington

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media.

Accreditation Requirements: This is not specified by the state.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Must hold teaching certificate to add endorsement.

Curriculum Requirement(s): Complete related methods coursework in the desired endorsement area.

Field Experience Requirement(s): Complete a supervised practicum which includes teaching in the specific endorsement area.

Examination(s): State testing.

State Regulation(s): Washington - Regulations

State Board: Washington - Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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West Virginia

What is Issued: Certificate.

Name of Credential: School Media Librarian.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: Yes.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): This is not specified by the state.

Notes: The information has been provided by the state and is not available online.

State Regulation(s): West Virginia - Regulations

State Board: West Virginia - Educator Certification

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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Wisconsin

What is Issued: License.

Name of Credential: Instructional Library Media Specialist.

Accreditation Requirements: American Library Association (ALA).

Is Reciprocity Required: No.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s):

  1. Content Knowledge; and
  2. Pedagogical Assessment.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Must complete educator preparation program; and
  2. Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale.

Notes: Accreditation requirement based on state response.

State Regulation(s): Wisconsin - Regulations

State Board: Wisconsin - Educator Licensing

Federal Disclosure: Does Not Meet Requirement.

Federal Disclosure Reasoning: We are unable to make a determination at this time.

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Wyoming

What is Issued: Endorsement.

Name of Credential: Library Media.

Accreditation Requirements: Regionally accredited college or university.

Is Reciprocity Required: Yes.

Professional Experience: This is not specified by the state.

Curriculum Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Field Experience Requirement(s): This is not specified by the state.

Examination(s): Required state test in state where license is held.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Institutional recommendation;
  2. Two blue FBI Fingerprint Cards including a background check; and
  3. Demonstration of knowledge of the United States and Wyoming Constitutions.

Notes: Must complete a teacher preparation program.

State Regulation(s):

Wyoming - Regulations

Wyoming - Out-of-State Applicants

State Board:

Wyoming - Professional Teaching Standards Board

Federal Disclosure: Meets Requirement.

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