School Library Media Certification by State: Idaho

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Address:

Certification & Professional Standards Commission

Idaho State Department of Education

650 West State Street

Boise, Idaho 83702

Phone: (208) 332-6800

Fax: (208) 334-2228

Email: certification@sde.idaho.gov or  info@sde.idaho.gov

Idaho Department of Education: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, candidates need a score of 151 or above

Other Testing Needed: Yes, Idaho Technology Competency Assessment and Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (K-8 certification)

Description: The Library Media Specialist is an endorsement consisting of the following: Twenty semester credit hours in the field of Education Media or Library Science including: A minimum of three semester credit hours in each of the following areas:

  • collection development / materials selection
  • literature for youth or children
  • organization of information (cataloging & classification)
  • school library administration / management
  • library information technologies and information literacy

The remaining five semester credit hours may come from related course work.

Evaluation Process for Licensure:

All applicants are held accountable for current State Board of Education-approved standards. There will not be a phase-in period for these applicants.

This criteria for eligibility for a licensure includes:

  • Out-of-state applicants applying for initial Idaho certification will be issued a three-year non-renewable Idaho interim certificate, thus allowing time to meet Idaho standards required for a standard Idaho certificate.

Reciprocity: Yes, through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement. This process is for individuals who hold a current, valid certificate in another state OR for those who do not hold a current out-of-state certificate but have completed a teacher preparation program approved by NCATE (National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education), TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) or CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) within the last two years.

If the applicant holds a current, valid certificate in another state and submits a complete application, the applicant may receive a three (3)-year Idaho interim certificate (upon clearance of the background investigation check).

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