School Library Media Certification by State: New Jersey

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New Jersey Department of Education

Office of Licensing and Credentials

P.O. Box 500

Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

Phone: 609-292-2070 (2-4pm) or Toll Free: 877-900-6960

New Jersey Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: Yes

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No

Other Testing Needed: No

Description: The school library media specialist endorsement, as an Educational Specialist, is required for anyone that serves as a school library media specialist in grades pre-school through 12.

Evaluation Process for Licensure 

To be eligible for the endorsement, a candidate must:

Hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and complete one of the following:

  • A graduate curriculum approved by the Department as the basis for issuing the certificate


  • A program of graduate studies consisting of a t least 36 semester hours
  • Field experience in a school library media center


  • Hold a standard New Jersey instructional certificate or complete a year-long school based residency program in a school library media center under a provisional certificate and college-leverl study in education

Reciprocity: New Jersey 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). However, one must meet the state’s requirements for teaching licensure because it is not a law. Further information can be found at

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