School Librarian Certification

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.

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. 

Requirements for School Librarian Certification (SLC)

  • An official record of two-year classroom teaching in an accredited school to enter the SLC program; 
  • Upon admission to SLIS, response with acceptance to an invitation to enter the SLC program; 
  • Submission of the following documents by the end of the first semester:
    • a signed Code of Ethics document, 
    • a degree plan if the student is in the MLS degree program, and 
    • a SLC checklist; 
  • Completion of the Master of Library Science degree, unless the student has a prior Master’s degree in another discipline; 
  • Completion of at least 15 hours of coursework, excluding practicum, in the SLC program at TWU after the official entry date to the SLC program; 
  • Completion of a practicum of 160 hours according to the SLC practicum guideline; and 
  • Successful completion of the TExES examination. 

For Texas certification information, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services at 940-898-2829 or email Linda Kobler at

Criteria for TExES Examination

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. Fifteen of those hours must have been completed at TWU. TWU is not responsible for the acceptance of its degree or courses by other states. 

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 

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School Librarianship