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School Librarian Certification Program

School Librarian Certification Program

School Librarian certification in the state of Texas includes 4 components -- completion of an SBEC-approved school library certification program, a passing score on the TExES (test #150), a Master's degree, and 2 years classroom teaching experience. The SBEC approved certification program at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers two options - one for persons already having a Master's degree, and the second for persons who do not yet have one. The Master's can be in any field, but all certification courses listed below must be completed.

This program (certification and Master's) is for the preparation of school librarians (EC-12), and does not apply to other types of librarianship.

Persons wishing to pursue School Librarian certification need to do the following:
  1. Apply to the Graduate School by completing the online Graduate Admissions Application.

    If you already have a Master's degree, select "Educator Certification (State K-12)" as the APPLICATION TYPE. For ENROLLMENT TERM AND PROGRAM select TCRT (the only option). -- school librarian is a professional certification for K-12.

    If you do not have a Master's, select "Master's Degree Application" as the APPLICATION TYPE. Under ENROLLMENT TERM AND PROGRAM select "MS-Educational Tech/Library Science".

    Although your Master's could be in a different field, all of the certification courses may not apply for other degrees, so be sure to check with an advisor in that field to see what may count.
  2. Requirements of Educator Certification & Academic Services

    In order to be fully admitted to the School Librarian Certification Program through the certification office, candidates must submit the following items (as a complete packet) to the Educator Certification & Academic Services Department, Texas A&M University-Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429-3011:

    • Complete, print, sign & date application to the certification program for School Librarian Professional Certification Program Application

    • Complete, print, sign, & date certification plan.
    • Letter of recommendation on school letterhead from a certified school administrator.
    • Copy of Texas teaching certificate
    • Copy of Teacher Service record from school district personnel office indicating at least two years of classroom teaching experience and
    • $50.00 non-refundable application fee or copy of online receipt if paid online at www.tamuc.edu/teacher
  3. Complete all coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. It is suggested that you complete the certification courses listed below (in the box) first; you are eligible to take the TExES after completing all 7 certification courses. Then, if you do not yet have a Master's degree, you will need to complete the courses for your Master's before you can apply for certification. Through our program, you can earn an MS or an MEd by completing the additional courses shown below the table.
The required core library certification courses (in our program) are as follows:

LIS 540 Administration of the School Library
LIS 515 Cataloging and Classification
LIS 524 Developing General and Specialized Collections
LIS 527 Books and Related Materials for Children and Young Adults
*LIS 550 Practicum in the Library Media Center
LIS 557 Integrating Technology for School Librarians
ETEC 579 Administration of Educational Technology Programs
*LIS 550, the library practicum, is to be taken after all other courses listed above.
The following additional courses are required for our Master's:
ETEC 524, 561, 562; HIED 595; and EDCI 559. (courses listed for reference only -- check with advisor about your specific degree plan)
Additional steps for completing School Librarian requirements.

   

  1. Apply to take the TExES (#150) by contacting our certification office at 903-468-3082 and they will get your information and tell you the procedure. Take (and pass) the TExES 150. If you already have your Master's, go on to step #6.
  2. If you have not completed your Master's, take the remaining classes for the degree. At the start of your last semester of course work, apply for graduation (through your MyLeo account), and contact your advisor about comprehensive exams. Be sure to do this at the very beginning of your last semester, in order to meet the graduation  application and comps deadlines.
  3. After all requirements have been met (with a minimum GPA of  3.0), apply for certification.
Remember: This program is restricted to preparation of school librarians, and does not apply to other types of librarianship.
 
For more information, contact
Dr. Mary Jo Dondlinger - Director of School Librarian program.
MaryJo.Dondlinger@tamuc.edu
Phone: 903-886-5520
Last updated 9/18/13
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