Summary of New Licensure Requirements for School Library Media Specialists

1. Before anyone can add the Library Media Specialist to his or her Kansas teaching license, he or she must complete the content test. Test number 10310 is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Registration Bulletins may be obtained at any four-year institution of higher education and at most junior colleges. This requirement was effective September 1, 2003.

2. For those completing the SLIM LMS program before September 1, 2004, if you apply for the endorsement before that date you will fall under the present certification requirements. After that date, you fall under the new licensure requirements which stipulate you must have a master’s degree, complete the school library media program (27 hours) and have a professional or five-year standard certificate. Remember you have to apply before September 1, 2004. If you do not, you are subject to the new licensure requirements. Details follow.

3. After September 1, 2004, you are not eligible for a conditional Library Media License unless you have a professional license or a current 5-year certificate. To move from a conditional license to a professional license, you must successfully complete the supervised internship on the job. This is the performance assessment for advanced degree programs. If the LMS is not employed as a LMS in a public school during the time of the first two-year conditional, he/she may apply within five years of issuance of the first two-year conditional for a two-year extension (another two-year conditional). If a person does not apply within five years of issuance of the first two-year conditional, he/she can retake the content test provided it has not been completed within one year or take eight graduate semester hours in Library Media.

4. If a LMS is not employed as a school librarian and cannot complete the performance assessment and uses both two-year conditionals, current Kansas State Department of Education Regulations do not allow for a teacher to qualify for an additional or third conditional School Library Media license.

5. A person may be hired in a public school library if he/she has completed fifty percent of the program (14 hours) and has a professional license or the current five-year standard certificate. This is a provisional license, is valid for two years, and may be renewed for two additional years by completing fifty percent of the remaining hours of the approved program (7 hours). After finishing the program (27 hours), a person will be granted a conditional license and be subject to completion of the performance assessment. In addition, after September 1, 2004, a person must have an advanced degree. Always contact the licensing officer at Emporia State University for the applications for the provisional(s) and for the application for the first conditional license.

Judy Wild is the Emporia State University certification/licensure office and can answer individual questions. Her phone number is 620/341-5412.

Please note that under the new guidelines, an individual just graduating from an institution of higher education with a completed teacher education program and a bachelor’s degree may not become a licensed LMS because that person does not have a professional teaching license. Also note that after September 1, 2004, the new requirements stipulate a Master’s Degree plus the program hours, another major change from the old certification guidelines. The new KSDE Regulations do provide for a provisional license but only if you have a professional license (or a standard five-year certificate). The content test, 0310 Library Media Specialist, is required for anyone applying for the first conditional license. A passing score is not a requirement until September 1, 2005. Successful completion of a yearlong internship is required to move from a conditional to a professional license.


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Last updated: October 29, 2003