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Library Media K-12 Initial License


Please note: We are not currently admitting candidates to this program. We are in the process of designing a new "dual-license" program that will replace it in the future. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting option. 

The Initial K-12 Teaching License in Library Media program includes educational media and education coursework to prepare you to be a K-12 library media specialist. The program culminates in a part- and full-time student teaching experience in a library media center. Recommendation for the initial license is made to Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) upon successful completion of this program and receipt of passing scores on the Library Media NES Exam. This license enables you to be a K-12 school librarian but not a classroom teacher.

General Information

Library Media Licensure: Obtain your license to become a K-12 library media specialist. This license does not allow you to become a classroom teacher, but it does allow you to work in a school library media center.

Practical experience: Apply classroom ideas to actual field practice through an individualized student teaching plan at two levels (early childhood or elementary, and middle school or high school).

Experienced instructors: Learn from experienced school professionals and Portland State University faculty who bring years of experience and expertise to the field.

Collegial environment: Network and support one another more effectively by participating with colleagues throughout the entire program in an educational community.

Distance delivery: For the partially online courses in the library media portion of the program, decide when to study and interact with your professors and classmates—days, evenings, or weekends—anywhere there's a personal computer and an internet connection.

Part-time program: Participants in the library media licensure program are able to go through this program part time until their student teaching experiences.

Seven quarters: The 59 credits are designed to be completed in seven quarters (example: fall 2010 - spring 2012).

Outcome: You complete 59 credits, including 15 weeks of practicum and student teaching. Participants who successfully complete all coursework and exams are complete, participants earn their educational media license. At the end of their licensure program, participants have the option of completing 12 additional credits to earn a master's degree in educational media/librarianship.

Download the Library Media Initial License Handbook