School Library Media Certification by State: District of Columbia

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OSSE – Division of Elementary, Secondary Education, and Specialized Education

Educator Credentialing and Certification

810 First Street, NE, 5th  Floor

Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 741-5881

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: Yes

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes: School Library – 151 or above

Other Testing Needed: No

Description: The District of Columbia offers a School Librarian/Media Specialist. Criteria for eligibility includes completion of the following requirements:

— A conferred master’s degree from an accredited institution; and,

—Twenty-one (21) semester hours in library or information science content that includes the following:

  • Cataloging and classification;
  • Computerized applications of library automation and information access;
  • Instructional media design and production;
  • Organization of school library media programs and collections;
  • Reference sources and services;
  • Evaluation, selection and utilization of instructional media for children and young people; and
  • Integration of library resources in the curriculum; and

—Directed field experience in a school library media center with an experienced media specialist; OR two (2) years of successful recognized teaching experience; OR one (1) year of library experience.

Reciprocity: Yes, through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

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