Engaging Students in Lifelong Learning

Discover ways of integrating literacy and technology into the classroom. Offered fully online, our 21-hour certification prepares you to work as a School Librarian or Library Media Specialist in Texas. Learn the basic skills in cataloging, classification, referencing and information organization for print and non-print sources. Explore literature for children and young adults, curate digital and print materials, and gain familiarity in a practicum with policies and procedures in school library administration. Interested in earning your master’s degree? We also offer a 36-hour online master’s in Educational Technology Library Science.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 21 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required

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School Librarian Certification



Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Apply to the Graduate School

Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  1. Select “School Librarian Certification” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Submit proof of one of the following:

  • A valid Texas Teacher Certification or
  • A Principal Certificate

Personal Statement

Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 2. Apply to the Certification Office

Once admitted to the Graduate School, you will be contacted by the Certificate Office with information regarding certification requirements and fees.

You will need to complete the following:

Application Packet

Please mail or email your packet to [email protected].

Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011


The Educator Certification and Academic Services Department will reach out to schedule an interview with you.

Letter of Invitation

Once accepted, please sign and return the “letter of invitation.”

Step 4. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 5. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

Program Requirements

Once admitted, you must:

  • Complete 21 hours of coursework
  • Complete a practicum in a school library and oversee an institution’s collection

The Texas State Board of Educators also requires you to complete the following:

  • Two years of full-time classroom teaching experience
  • Master’s degree
  • A passing score on the TExES (test #150)

Note: A copy of official service record for each year of classroom service must be provided to apply for certification before becoming fully certified.

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School Librarian Certificate :: Course Requirements

Course Offerings

  • LIS 512 Information Reference and Mediographics (summer/fall/spring)
  • LIS 524 Developing General and Specialized Collection (summer/fall)
  • LIS 527 Books and Related Material for Children and Young Adults (summer/spring)
  • LIS 515 Cataloging and Classification (fall/spring)
  • LIS 540 Administration of School Libraries (fall/spring)
  • ETEC 579 Implementation of Educational Technology Programs (summer/fall/spring)
  • LIS 550 Practicum in a School Library (fall/spring)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the School Librarian Certification approved by states other than Texas?

No. Our program prepares you to serve as a School Librarian in the state of Texas. Those seeking librarian certification in states other than Texas should contact the educator certification agency in their home state to check licensure requirements.

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Is the School Librarian Certification accredited by the American Library Association?

No. This program is not ALA-accredited since it is a graduate certificate. However, our certification is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). This certification is only eligible within the state of Texas.

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Contact Us

  • Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies
  • 903.886.5618
  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

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