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The School Librarian Certification (SLC) program is offered by the TWU School of Library and Information Studies and meets all requirements of the State of Texas State Board of Educator Certification for certification in public schools in Texas. The certification program is available entirely online.  

Requirements for the School Librarian Certification

  1. Successfully complete a school librarian preparation program
  2. Successfully complete the assessments required (TExES)
  3. Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (academic program the degree is from is not specified)
  4. Have two school years of classroom teaching experience from a public or accredited private school

For Texas certification information, contact the Office of Student Support at (940) 898-2829 or email Linda Kobler at

Application Options

A. Those who intend to pursue the MLS degree should apply for the
     Master of Library Science (MLS) with SLC focus


B. Those who hold a master’s degree in a different discipline and who do not wish to obtain
the MLS degree should apply for the Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship program. 

Out-of-State Students Seeking School Librarian Certification

A student attending TWU with plans to work as a school librarian in another state should always check with that state to find out its requirements. Different states have different requirements, such as:

  1. Texas School Librarian Certificate
  2. Passing that particular state’s exam for certification
  3. Specific course(s) from that state
  4. Teacher licensure or Master's Degree needed

Certification Requirements

For TWU to recommend a student as a school librarian, that student must have taken the required school library courses. Students in the state of Texas must pass the TExES examination. In order for a student to be given approval to take the TExES exam, the student must have taken or be near completion of 18 hours of School Librarian Certification required coursework, including LS 5233, LS 5333, and LS 5443. Twelve of those hours must have been completed at TWU. TWU is not responsible for the acceptance of its degree or courses by other states. Please see the SLIS Student Resources Blackboard organization (login required) for further information.

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