School Library Media Certification by State: Maryland

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Address:

Maryland Department of Education: Certification Branch

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410-767-0406 or Toll Free: 1-866-772-8922

Maryland Department of Education:   http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DEE/Certification/index.aspx

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No

Other Testing Needed: No, if the candidate has two years teaching experience in another state, you will be exempt from the Praxis I and Praxis II.

Other Testing Needed: No, if the candidate has two years of teaching experience in another state. However, all certificate holders must have three semester hours in inclusion of special needs populations.

Description: Maryland offers two options: one for those with a Master’s degree and two for those with a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an Institution of Higher Education. In addition, Maryland issues certificates in the area of Library Media Administration. As of July 1, 1999 individuals applying for a Maryland certificate are required to complete additional reading course work (level determines number of hours). Maryland also requires that all certificate holders have 3 semester hours in inclusion of special needs populations.

Evaluation Process for Licensure

The criteria for the two options for eligible individuals are:

Option I:

  • A Master’s degree that would lead to state certification as a library media specialist; or
  • A comparable position as determined by the State Department of Education.

Option II:

  • A Bachelor’s or higher degree from an Institution of Higher Education,
  • Satisfactorily complete a school library media practicum; one year of full-time teaching or one year of full-time school library media related experience,
  • Satisfactorily completed a program of 36 semester hours of post-baccalaureate or graduate credits with 15 semester hours completed at one institution,
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours of the post-baccalaureate credits shall be met by graduate credits in the content course work in library media education.

Reciprocity: Maryland follows the Interstate Agreement with the 48 states and the District of Columbia in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification (NASDEC). However, one must meet the state’s requirements for teaching licensure. Further information can be found at http://www.nasdtec.net/?InterstateAgreements

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