School Library Media Certification by State


Locating the information for certification related to school libraries in each state is difficult. There are links to the various state departments of education websites, but these sites are not always user friendly. As Perritt states, “In the education field, of which school librarianship is a part, a confluence of terms and practices related to licensure and certification exists” (1998, 195). These pages have been developed to simplify the process for individuals seeking licensure in school librarianship within the 50 states and to provide information regarding reciprocity.

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement: The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the movement of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For example, a teacher who completed an approved teacher preparation program in Alabama generally will be able to earn a certificate in Georgia. Receiving states may impose certain special requirements which must be met in a reasonable period of time.

Click here for a list of useful websites and contacts.

Or, see summaries of information for individual states:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware District Columbia Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin

Works cited

Perritt, Patsy H. “The History of School Library Media State Certification.” In The Emerging School Library Media Center: Historical Issues and Perspectives by Kathy Howard Latrobe. Libraries Unlimited, 1998.

Deborah J. Jesseman, Ph.D, MLS, Coordinator of School Library and Information Studies Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato,MN

Scott M. Page, Ph.D., Coordinator of Professional Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, MN

Linda Underwood, Ed.D., Media Coordinator, Garner Magnet High School in Angier, N