School Library Media Certification By State (2015)
Office of Teacher Licensing
Tennessee Department of Education
6th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0377
Tennessee Department of Education:
Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes
Master's Degree Needed: Yes
Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, candidates must score 146 or above.
Other Testing Needed: Yes, Praxis II, Principles of Learning and Teaching
Description: This license is considered “Instructional Support Personnel” – Pre-K-12. Prospective school library information specialists will complete studies in library science. The education and professional development of a school library information specialist is initiated in course work, refined in field experiences, and enhanced during professional practice.
Evaluation Process for Licensure:
Criteria for eligible individuals:
- Candidates for licensure with endorsement as a school library information specialist will complete a graduate program leading to a master's degree with a major in library information science.
- Candidates who already hold a master's degree will complete an approved course of study at the graduate level meeting the appropriate knowledge and skills for a school library information specialist.
- A candidate may seek licensure as a school library information specialist as an area of initial (first) endorsement or additional endorsement.
- Field experiences and clinical practice (enhanced student teaching or Internship) are integral components of the preparation program.
Changes to the process, beginning September 1, 2015 can be viewed here: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/licensing/policy_changes.shtml
Reciprocity: Yes, if a candidate has taught 3 years our of the last 7 years in a K-12 school outside of Tennessee, he/she may be eligible for a Tennessee license based upon the agreement with a reciprocal state:
District of Columbia