School Library Media Certification by State: Louisiana

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Address:

State of Louisiana Department of Education

Certification and Higher Education

P.O. Box 94064

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Phone: (225) 342-3490 or 1-877-453-2721 (toll free)

Fax: (225) 342-3499

Louisiana Department of Education: http://www.teachlouisiana.net

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: Yes

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, passing score of 136 or above. Louisiana will accept National Board Certification as a substitute for all testing requirements.

House Bill 221, passed in August of 2001, enables exemption from Louisiana PRAXIS/NTE examinations requirements if the applicant holding valid out-of-state teaching credentials (1) has at least three years of successful teaching experience in another state, as certified by the previous out-of-state school district(s) from satisfactory annual evaluation results, and (2) has completed one year of employment as a teacher in Louisiana public school system, as verified by the superintendent of the employing public school system. The Louisiana superintendent must request full Louisiana certification for the out-of-state teacher, following the successful year of employment in Louisiana.

Other Testing Needed: No

Description: Candidates may add on to a teaching license or choose the new ancillary certificate (which is non-instructional). Louisiana offers ancillary certificates to applicants holding degrees or credentials in a specialized area such as library science. This is a five -year license that is renewable. You must have a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a passing score on the Praxis Library Media Specialist Test. These are considered non-instructional positions.

Evaluation Process for Licensure

The criteria for eligible individuals are:

Complete eighteen to twenty-one semester hours in library science, as follows:

  1. Elementary and/or secondary school library materials, nine (9)semester hours;
  2. Organization, administration, and interpretation of elementary and/or secondary    school library service, six (6) semester hours;
  3. Elementary and/or secondary school library practice, three (3) semester hours (see note).

NOTE: Persons who have already served three years as fulltime school librarians and who completed all library science courses except elementary and secondary school library practice, may satisfy this requirement by a minimum one-year, on-the-job internship with supervision provided by the Library Science faculty of the College of Education for six semester hours of credit.

Ancillary:

  • Masters degree in library science from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Passing score on Praxis Library Media Specialist examination (#0310 if completed prior to 9/12/09 (560) or (0311) if completed after 9/12/09 (136).

Reciprocity: Yes, however, one must meet the state’s requirements for teaching licensure. Louisiana follows the Interstate Agreement with the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification (NASDEC).  Further information can be found at:  http://www.nasdtec.net/?InterstateAgreements

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