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School Library FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who determines what's required for school library certification?

The requirements are determined by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and are listed in the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.), specifically in sections 6A:9-13.14 and 6A:9-13.15. Significant revisions to the Code for school library certifications were enacted in  2004, 2006 and 2015. If you would like to read the official language, visit the DOE website.

If I am a certified SLMS or ASLMS, am I also certified to be a classroom teacher?

No, these two certifications are Educational Services certifications, not instructional certifications. It is important to note, however, that certified teachers and individuals who are not certified as teachers may hold school library certifications, as the state allows individuals to fulfill the education requirements for ASLMS and SLMS certification in several different ways.

What is a CE?

Certificate of Eligibility (CE) is a credential with lifetime validity that can be issued if a student has completed the library studies requirements for certification (either School Library Media Specialist or Associate School Library Media Specialist), or if the student has a MI but still needs some additional library studies courses.

What is a CEAS?

Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) is a credential with lifetime validity that can be issued if a student has completed the library studies requirements for certification (either School Library Media Specialist or Associate School Library Media Specialist) and has also fulfilled one of the options for the education coursework (i.e., are a certified teacher, completed a teacher prep program, or completed a sequence in education for school librarians, as outlined in the education requirements tab).

What does a CE or CEAS allow me to do?

Either credential allows students to seek and accept employment in positions requiring certification. If a school district is seeking an Associate School Library Media Specialist, candidates can apply with possession of a CE or CEAS for Associate School Library Media Specialist, and the district can make a job offer.

What will I really do as a school librarian?

The American Association of School Librarians maintains a website with information about what school librarians do, job outlook, and other interesting information. Other relevant information is available on the website of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians.

I see that there are some programs for school librarianship in schools of education, and some in schools of library science. What's the difference?

A school library focus within a master's of education program will provide library employment options within the K-12 school environment. Of the New Jersey colleges and universities that offer programs for school librarianship, seven are within schools of education.

On the other hand, a school library focus within a master's of library and information science program qualifies students for school library positions and for positions in public libraries, college libraries, and other environments should a person wish to move out of K-12. These other types of libraries do not accept either a master's in education or the Associate School Library Media certification for positions designated as "librarian."

Is there any reciprocity between states with regard to School Library Media specialist certification?

There is some general reciprocity, but the best answer is "it depends." Different states have different state requirements. A state-by-state search at Libraries Unlimited is the best resource. The website outlines the requirements for state licensing for School Library Media Specialist.