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Library Media Initial K-12 Teaching License

Become a school library media specialist

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 new information about this exciting option!

 Have you always wanted to work with young people? Do you consider the library your second home? If so, you could be a school library media specialist. In this licensure program you will learn the intricacies of running a successful library program in an elementary, middle, or high school. Our experienced faculty have worked at all levels and will provide you with the tools needed to be successful with students from K-12. This 59-credit program includes library student teaching experiences at two different levels to ensure you get a broad experience. You are just a few steps away from an exciting new career in education!

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Become a capable K-12 library media specialist
  • Employ the latest strategies for using technology in the modern school library
  • Gain experience at multiple grade levels

Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take the Library Media Praxis Exam and you will be recommended for an endorsement through the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Master's degree

With just 12 additional credits you can earn a master's degree!

Who is this for?

This program is intended for individuals interested in working in a school library, but not a general classroom.

Program format

  • Campus-based and partially online
  • 59 required credits
  • Ask about our distance options
  • Start summer or fall term

Get started

Prerequisite courses for the Library Media Initial K-12 Teaching License include:

  • CI 432/532 Computer Applications for the Classroom
  • LIB 428/528 Children's Literature
  • LIB 429/529 Young Adult Literature
  • PSY 311 Human Development
  • SPED 418/518 Survey of Exceptional Learners
  • ED 420/520 Introduction to Education (recommended)

These courses are offered multiple times during the year and can be taken any time prior to your graduate admission. You can take up to eight credits per term at PSU as a non-admitted student.

  1. Visit the Continuing Education website to register or to view available courses
  2. For online classes you will need a PSU online course account


Elizabeth Snyder
Program Manager
1-800-547-8887 ext. 58554
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