Thinking about becoming a school librarian? It’s the best job on campus!
School librarians have a broad influence on teaching and learning across the grade levels. They collaborate with teachers to plan, teach, and assess inquiry-based projects, integrating information literacy skills and technology tools at point of need in the curriculum. They engage students and the broader school community in excellent and entertaining books and exciting literacy programs to cultivate a culture of reading and promote skills and attitudes for life-long learning. School librarians make books and digital resources available for all students, equalizing information access across the school community. And it doesn’t stop there…
Join the next cohort of dynamic school librarian certificate students at the UT Austin School of Information!
Become a School Librarian
To be a librarian in a public school in Texas, you must:
- Hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Don't have a master's? You can earn one through our School Librarian Certificate Program!
- Successfully complete an Educator Preparation Program (School Librarian Certificate Program), including a 160-hour practicum
- Pass the School Librarian’s TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards)
- Have two years of classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school.
Who should apply?
Certified teachers who want to make a broader impact on teaching and learning at their schools and who have at least two years of full-time classroom teaching experience (at time of application) from a public or accredited private school.
February 15, 2024 (Summer 2024 cohort)
About the Program
The Educational Preparation Program consists of 15 hours of instruction over four semester-long courses and a practicum. For degree-seeking students, these courses count 15 hours toward the 36-hour master’s program.
The practicum is required for all students seeking Standard School Librarian Certification in the state of Texas and involves assignment to two different school libraries under supervision of qualified personnel for at least 160 hours.
In order to apply for Standard School Librarian Certification, students must meet these State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements.
Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the School Librarian Certificate Program.