California School Librarian Certification Guide - 2023
AKA: Teacher Librarian Services Credential, Emergency Teacher Librarian Services Permit
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School librarians need certification because their work involves student teaching, collaboration, and collection management. Certification recognizes that an individual has taken the appropriate library science coursework, passed several tests, and met competency requirements.
Librarians need certification to understand student learning and achievement across different grade levels. They ensure that students can research and access information from books and digital resources. Librarians develop literacy programs that cultivate a culture of reading and introduce students to authors and their books.
Another aspect of a librarian’s role includes collaborating with educators and community members. Librarians work with teachers to plan, teach, and assess inquiry-based projects by integrating information literacy skills and technology into the curriculum. In addition, librarians help with instructional research, book recommendations, community outreach, and information access.
An integral part of the librarian’s duties is managing the library’s collection, cataloging, ILS systems, databases, purchasing materials, and design programming. Certification prepares librarians to meet the many demands of the position.
The Teacher Librarian Services Credential in the State of California is for individuals who: will teach students how to access, evaluate, and integrate information and resources through a school library program; collaborate with teachers; access resources for school use; develop staff training about library programming, and develop procedures for managing a school library.
Individuals must complete all the following requirements:
Most school librarian certification candidates participate in practical field experiences as part of their educational requirements. They are placed in diverse school library media centers, linking theory and practice to reinforce the role of teacher librarians who facilitate access to information in a global, digital age and are strong advocates for equity, literacy and social justice in democratic societies.
Meet the Basic Skills Requirement
Individuals may use one of the following methods to meet the basic skills requirement:
For more information, visit: SCCTC PDF
Fingerprint Information is submitted as part of the first application for a credential, certificate, or permit. California residents must complete the electronic Live Scan process and do not have the option of submitting fingerprint cards.
Form 41-LS – Request for Live Scan Service: Download Here
Individuals applying for their first credential who reside outside California must submit with their application packet two fingerprint cards (FD-258). Educators residing outside California may order fingerprint cards from the Commission by sending an email that includes their physical mailing address to OutOfStateFPs@ctc.ca.gov. In the subject line of the email, write “Fingerprint Cards”.
The following are instructions for how to send your application to the California Commission on Teacher.
Additional Certification Questions Contact:
The Emergency Teacher Librarian Services Permit is at the request of an employer. The purpose of the Emergency Teacher Librarian Services Permit is to allow qualified individuals to be employed while completing requirements for the related certification and show progress toward that goal with each renewal. Permits are valid for one year but may not exceed the expiration date of the prerequisite credential.
The Emergency Teacher Librarian Services Permit in the State of California is for individuals who: will teach students how to access, evaluate, and integrate information and resources through a school library program; collaborate with teachers; access resources for school use; develop staff training about library programming, and develop procedures for managing a school library.
The employing agency must have an annual Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators (CL-500) on file with the California Commission on teaching in order to qualify to provide emergency certification to school librarians.
You must possess a bachelor degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
You must hold one of the following before applying for the emergency school librarian credential:
You will need to satisfy the basic skill requirement examination. Instructions for completion of this requirement can be found on the following Commission leaflet: CL-667
Provide written intent to complete requirements for renewal during the valid period of the permit (typically 1 year).
Complete form 41-4: found here. And submit the required application processing fee: found here.
Certified educators are responsible for renewing on time and for completing requirements for renewal every five years. As a courtesy, the Commission will send an email reminder 90 days prior to the expiration of a document that is renewable online. A document may be renewed up to one year in advance of its expiration date if all renewal requirements have been met.
Stay up-to-date by logging into the Commission’s website. Renewal instructions should be available to you under your account.