It’s the time of year when international positions for School Librarians/Media Specialists are being posted for the following year. The question I receive the most is usually about whether it is crucial to have the School Media certification in addition to a Master’s degree. The answer is yes if you want to land a position in a top school although as I have pointed about before it is possible to obtain one without. However if you can prove you are working on the certification and have prior experience teaching or working with kids then this will greatly improve your chances.
How to become certified? The process if similar for both US and non-US citizens. Basically you need to decided on a state and send your transcript in to be evaluated for a fee in order to know what courses will be required for you to receive the endorsement. They should also be able to share a list of places you can take the course (either online or in-person). If you are not a US resident then you will need to have your transcript ‘translated’ first (Google: US transcript evaluation). If it is found to be US-equivalent then send your original along with the translation and fee to the state you choose.
How to choose a state? This is a bit sticky as each state differs in their requirements. Part of the reason for this post is that School Media Monthly took down its page where it listed them by state with links. Bummer….however I have found three new links which should be helpful. I am sharing them here and have updated the Book Resources page as well. When I find the time (ha!) I am going to try and do some further, updated research on this subject.
State Certification Requirements for SMS
This is a very useful article by two LSU Library School Professors (my alma mater!) although with a 2003 publication definitely needs to to be updated. However it is a good place to begin.
Teacher Certification by State
Links to all the Education Licensing pages which will help facilitate research.
ALA Education & Licensing Page
A general information page with some useful links.