School Library Media Certification by State: Rhode Island

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Address:

Rhode Island Department of Education

Office of Teacher Quality and Certification

255 Westminster Street

Providence, RI 02903-3400

Phone: (401) 222-4600 or (800) 745-5555

Rhode Island Department of Education:

http://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification.aspx

http://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Teachers-and-Administrators-Excellent-Educators/Educator-Certification/Cert-Requirements/AG-LibMed-Req.pdf

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, passing score is 162

Other Testing Needed: Yes, candidates must achieve a passing score of 160 on the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching – Grades K-6 (0622/5622) OR a passing score of 157 on the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching – Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) Description: Library Media is considered a special subjects licensure for Pre-K – Grade 12

Evaluation Process for Licensure

Criteria for eligible individuals:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited or an approved institution of higher education.
  • Graduate of an approved program for the preparation of school library media within the previous five years from the date of the application.
  • 36 semester hours in library media coursework

Reciprocity: Reciprocity is recognition of preparation or certification in another state as comparable to Rhode Island. Applicants seeking certification through reciprocity must demonstrate that they meet all Rhode Island certification assessment requirements, hold the additional required certificate, and meet all experience requirements when applicable. Applicants can attain certification by completing a state approved program for Educator Certification in a state other than Rhode Island within the last 5 years

OR

By demonstrating that they hold a currently valid full certificate in another state.

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