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Being a school librarian is one of the best jobs in the world! Use this guide to learn what school librarians do and what the education and certification requirements are.


Over the past several years a shortage of certified school librarians (sometimes called "Teacher Librarians" or "Library Media Specialists") has existed for most parts of New York state.  The American Association of School Librarians has officially adopted the term "school librarian".   In order to obtain a school librarian position in New York state, one must have a Master's degree in Library Science and teaching credentials.


Three Must Have Skills for Today's School Librarian

  • Best Ways to Introduce New Technology
  • Fight Fake News
  • Transform Libraries into Flexible Spaces

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Certification Changes

Get certified before 2021! ed-TPA is coming.

Candidates applying for their first certification in New York, with the exception of the Endorsement pathway, are required to take and pass edTPA.


For more information about edTPA in New York State, visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) website link opens in a new window or visit the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives edTPA webpage

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by Tom Burns

More Cool Info:

School Librarians Transform Learning Infographic from AASL.

Libraries matter:  15 fantastic library infographics.

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NYS Education Department Certification Requirements

There are some options in obtaining your goal to become a certified school librarian.  Are you already a certified teacher?  Do you already have a Master's Degree in Library Science?

Check out this website. More information at this certification link.

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