School Library Certification

School Library Certification varies from State to State but completion of the required sequence of courses listed below has been acceptable to meet the course requirements generally in all States.

In Texas, the requirement to work as a School Librarian is as follows:

  1. Two years as an early childhood-12th grade classroom teacher in a public or accredited private school.
  2. A Master's Degree (in most any area).
  3. Completion of a state approved program in librarianship (courses taken from the below list must be no more than six years old when application is made for school library certification).
  4. Passing score on the TExES School Librarianship Certification exam (exam administered by the State). 

Note: If you are applying for school library certification along with applying for the Master's degree program, be sure to apply as Teacher Certification/School Librarianship on the ApplyTexas application. Contact ci-advising@unt.edu or 940/565-2445 if you have any questions.

Certification Courses in Recommended Sequence

A grade of B or better in all courses is required for certification. Courses include:

  1. INFO 5001 School Librarianship
  2. INFO 5720 Instructional Materials Production and Use
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  3. INFO 5208 Learning Resources Organization and Media
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  4. INFO 5405 Advanced Information Resources Development
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  5. INFO 5420 Literature for Youth
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5001
  6. INFO 5050 Trends and Practices in School Libraries
    Pre-requisite: INFO 5208
  7. INFO 5340 Learning Resource Centers and Services
    Pre or Co-requisites: INFO 5050
  8. INFO 5090.999 Practicum (5090.998 for out of state)
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5340
  9. INFO 5345 Library Operation and Policy Development
    Pre or Co-requisite: INFO 5050

School Library Certification Program faculty

Shultz-Jones Dr. Smith