Library Media Specialist

Please be prepared to submit documentation verifying that you have met the requirements from one of the options below: 

Option I. 

A master's degree from a Maryland approved program leading to certification as a library media specialist or librarian 

Option II.

(1) A bachelor's or higher degree
(2)  A school library media practicum, 1 year of full-time teaching experience, or 1 year of full-time school library media-related experience 
(3) 36 semester hours of post-baccalaureate or graduate credits with 15 semester hours completed at one institution. A minimum of 24 semester hours of the credits shall be met by graduate credits in the course work listed below*.
  • History and philosophy of education
  • Student developmental levels, learning theory, and strategies for identifying student information and learning needs
  • Theory, principles, and methods of instructional design and delivery
  • Inclusion of special needs student populations.
  • Administration of library media programs, including an understanding of State and national library media standards and technology standards
  • Materials for children in all formats, including concepts related to the teaching and learning of reading
  • Materials for young adults in all formats, including concepts related to the teaching and learning of reading;
  • Selection, evaluation, and use of materials in all formats to meet student curriculum and instructional needs;
  • Access and delivery of information, including reference and bibliographic systems in all formats;
  • Organization of knowledge, including cataloging and classification, and information retrieval in all formats;
  • Principles of communication, including dissemination and use of information in all formats; and
  • The design, creation, and implementation of library media in all formats for instructional use.

*Additional post-baccalaureate or graduate courses may be substituted if some of the course work described in above has been acquired as a part of the undergraduate degree program.