School Librarian Certificate Program

INF 388R Practicum Requirements


Practicum Prerequisites:

Prior to enrolling in the SLC Practicum (INF 388R), candidates must meet these prerequisites:

Successful completion of at least 12 credit hours from required courses, including the four school librarian courses:

  • School Library Management I: Literacy and Administration
  • School Library Management II: Teaching and Learning
  • Materials for Children and YA
  • Inquiry and Information Seeking in K-12 (may be substituted for another approved course)

Students seeking SLC in the state of Texas are not eligible for Practicum waivers.

Each practicum student must complete 160 on-site clock hours for the practicum. The student will work with her/his Site Supervisor to develop a specific work schedule with hours indicated for the entire practicum duration. While the practicum student may conduct projects during the practicum hours, the hours cannot be replaced by an off-site project. All 160 hours of the SLC practicum must be completed within two semesters—fall and spring in that order. Only practicum hours scheduled between UT Austin’s official first-class day and last class day may be counted toward the 160-hour requirement.

Practicum students seeking Texas SLC are required to complete 160 clock hours on site to comply with the Texas SBEC requirements. Practicum students who are not Librarians of Record (see below) must work at least two different school library settings at different levels (elementary, and secondary—middle or high school). Students who choose to complete SLC practicum in two consecutive semesters (fall and spring in that order) will conduct their practicum one site setting each semester. Summer practicums will not be considered. The practicum student must be enrolled in the required practicum course (INF 388R) with a certified school librarian employed by the iSchool serving as practicum Field Supervisor and a certified school librarian serving as the Site Supervisor. In most cases, the Site Supervisor is the "Librarian of Record" at each approved site library. The Site Supervisor will oversee the practicum student’s experience at their library and complete an Interim and Final Evaluation to assess the Practicum Candidate’s performance for INF 388R. The Field Supervisor conducts the three (at least) 45-minute TEA required observations (totaling a minimum of 135 minutes in duration) throughout the practicum, each including a pre- and post-conference with the practicum candidate.

Although the practicum student may request specific campus locations or Site Supervisors, the final placement decision will be made at the school district level and approved by the iSchool’s School Librarian Certificate Coordinator. Practicum students working outside their own school districts may wish to consider acquiring professional liability insurance.


Librarians of Record

Practicum students seeking Texas School Librarian Certification who are under current contract with a school district as "Librarian of Record" (LOR) may fulfill the practicum requirement, including all 160 hours, at their own school library during their regular work hours. The practicum student must be enrolled in the required practicum course (INF 388R) with a certified school librarian, employed by UT Austin, serving as the practicum Field Supervisor and a certified school librarian serving as the Site Supervisor. The Field Supervisor will conduct the three 45-minute observations mandated by TEA for all practicum students seeking Texas School Librarian Certification.

Librarians of Record who are on a probationary certificate (not an emergency certificate) must be supported through the entire contract year. Please speak with the School Librarian Certification Coordinator for additional information.

A Practicum is successful when the practicum student meets academic expectations in completing all required activities and submitting all required documentation, and the Field Supervisor and the Site Supervisor agree to recommend to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) that the practicum candidate should be recommended for a professional certificate.

For more information about the practicum, see the School Librarian Certificate Practicum Handbook.


TExES Certification Exam

Students seeking certification must pass a “TExES,” Texas Examination of Educator Standards, School Librarian (150) examination mandated by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) prior to making application for a certificate.


Test Dates

For current test dates, visit the Texas Education Agency (TEA).