Delaware School Librarian Certification Guide - 2023
AKA: School Library Media Specialist License, SLMS Standard Certification
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School librarians have numerous duties in their field of work. In order to perform these duties, they require a school librarian certification. School librarian certification refers to the designated credentials earned by an individual to verify their legitimacy and competence as a school librarian. It is typically displayed as a document that states that you have been trained, educated, and prepared to meet the criteria for your role as a professional school librarian. Certification is only awarded to people who have passed the required assessments administered by an institution recognized for training school librarians.
In Delaware, the technical term for a school librarian is a School Library Media Specialist (SLMS). The SLMS standard certificate is issued to an applicant who has the following:
The applicant will also need to provide:
It is important to note that the Delaware Department of Education does not act on an application for SLMS Standard Certificate if the applicant is under investigation by any national, state, or local authority that has the power to issue educator licenses or certifications. For the Delaware Department of Education to consider any applicant under investigation, the applicant needs to submit evidence of the investigation’s resolution. In addition, the Delaware Department of Education does not act where the allegations include but are not limited to immorality, misconduct in the office, falsification of credentials, disloyalty, incompetence, or willful neglect of duty.
Applicants for the School Library Media Specialist need to verify their teaching experience. The Delaware Department of Education requires at least one year of teaching experience.
The Delaware Department of Education requires passing test scores for every applicant. Upon your request, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Pearson will electronically submit your test scores to the Delaware Department of Education. Tests done for performance assessment are:
To pass the PPAT test, you need to:
To pass the edTPA test, you need to:
The Delaware Department of Education reviews publicly available information from various sources, i.e., public records and the internet. Please note that the Delaware Department of Education does not discriminate against race, national origin, color, sex (sexual orientation and transgender identity), age, disability, religion, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category. If you have any discrimination complaints, please submit them to the following address:Assistant Superintendent
It is advised that applicants refrain from contacting building principals or the Delaware Department of Education’s Human Resource Department to check their application status.
The Delaware Department of Education conducts a criminal records check for all applicants. The applicant is required to pay a fee of $55 in cash or check when the check is done. The employment of the applicant is contingent on the results of the criminal background check.
As a new educator, you need an Initial License and at least one certificate to become a School Library Media specialist.
Register for an educator account in Delaware Educator Data Systems through the DEEDs registration page to create a profile. The application fee required for a teaching license and certificate is $100. This fee is reimbursed upon employment in a Delaware Public School.
There are three Alternative Librarian Certification process options; Two for the already certified classroom teachers and one for the candidates without the certification.
The Education Department of Delaware recommends that individuals seeking certification as the SLMS complete the ALA/CAEP programs in respective areas. Certified Classroom Teachers with Master’s degrees don’t have to do another master’s program. However, they can enroll and complete the approved School Library Media Course.
Master degree holders eligible for certification in school library media should complete the following:
Nineteen credits should be completed for the realization of this certification process. The required courses include:
Delaware Education Department states that the candidates with a Master’s degree in Library or Information Science are not restricted to completing another master’s degree program before becoming the School Library Media Specialist. However, they are not limited to enrolling in other approved courses relevant to library media management.
For candidates with a Master’s degree in library or information science to have an eligibility o ARTC recommendation which results in DOE certification in the School Library Media, they must complete some requirements which include:
Pedagogy requirements for this option include 12 credits that cover the following units:
Master’s in education technology provides practical and theoretical grounding through the techniques emphasized in educational technology. All the candidates running for these options should have a degree to complete the predetermined assessments that include a research project. Individuals with a teaching license will only have to follow ISTE standards while those for high education level, industry, and government get rubric assessment based on 5 AECT standards.
All certification candidates will need to get a federal and state background check in order to show to potentials employers that you are an individual of good character.
Application for the Public Librarian certification is typically submitted online. Checks and the official transcripts should be sent to the Delaware State Education Department. 5$ must be made out to the state of Delaware Education Department.