School Library Media Certification by State: Virginia

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Address:

Virginia Department of Education

Division of Teacher Education and Licensure

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

Phone: (804) 225-2022

Fax: (804) 786-6759

Virginia Department of Education, Teacher Licensure:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/index.shtml

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/application.pdf

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No

Other Testing Needed: No, however scores on the PRAXIS I tests are required unless exempted on the basis of 2 years of verified teaching experience and holding an out-of-state certificate is applicable.

Description: Library media is an endorsement on a teacher’s license.

Evaluation Process for Licensure

Evaluation Process for Licensure: The candidate must have:

1.) Graduated from an approved preparation program in library media; or

2.) Completed 24 semester hours distributed in each of the following areas:

  • Selection and utilization of library-media materials and equipment, including the various technologies of up-to-date libraries (computers, instructional software, and the Internet in the teaching/learning process);
  • Production of media and instructional materials;
  • Organization, administration, and evaluation of a library-media center, including ethical issues;
  • Theory and management of reference and bibliography;
  • Selection of print-media materials for children and adolescents;
  • Organization and technical processing of materials; and
  • The role of the library-media specialist as a resource person for students and professional staff in curriculum design and the integration of library-media services in instruction; and

3.) Participated in a clinical experience to give the applicant an opportunity to apply the skills, understandings, and competencies required for the endorsement. One year of successful, full-time experience as a school librarian in a public or accredited nonpublic school may be accepted to meet this requirement.

Reciprocity: Yes, licensure by reciprocity is provided for individuals who have obtained a valid out-of-state license (full credential without deficiencies) that is in force at the time the application for a Virginia license is received by the Department of Education. The individual must establish a file in the Department of Education by submitting a complete application packet, which shall include official student transcripts. Specific guidelines:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/info_out-of-state_online_programs.pdf

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