Oklahoma School Librarian Certification Guide - 2022

AKA: Oklahoma Library Media Specialist Certificate

Last Reviewed: November 18th, 2021

Licensor: OK SDE

School librarians are committed to student achievement. Certified or professional school librarians are educated and prepared to interact with students and offer expertise in  research, literacy skills, book suggestions, and technology. They collaborate with students and other instructors to facilitate access to material in various forms, and ensure that reading is incorporated throughout their curriculum. Because they concentrate on learning objectives and individual exploration, school librarians are leaders in their schools and help children acquire essential skills early.

The American Library Association (ALA) accredits master’s degree programs in library and information studies across several countries, including the United States. Graduating from an ALA-accredited program broadens the kinds of libraries and positions you may apply for and increases your career mobility. Read on to know more about the certification process toward becoming a school librarian in Oklahoma.

Initial Librarian Certification Process

A school library certification (aka: library media specialist) allows librarians to work in educational environments for PK-12 schools. All applicants must also initially hold a valid Oklahoma teaching license.

Education Requirements

School librarians are required to have a master’s degree. If the masters degree is not in library media education or library and information science, then the certification candidate is required to complete 24 semester hours of coursework in the field of library media.

Additionally, applicants will need to acquire a recommendation from the director of teacher education at your graduate degree program institution. This will need to be added to your application for certification. More instructions are shown below.

Experience Requirements

Experience is a reasonable prerequisite for professionals who are working with complex technology, school-aged children, and with library staff, since school librarians will be responsible for selecting the best resources for customers. All candidates for an Oklahoma teaching certificate must have completed at least 360 hours or 12 weeks of student teaching. This experience should include serving in classrooms and working directly with students under the guidance of a mentor.

To add a Library Media Specialist certificate, no additional experience is required.

Testing Requirements

There are three tests that an aspiring Oklahoma teacher is required to pass. They are as follows:

  • The Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
  • The Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) – depends on the type of teacher certification
  • The Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE)

Hundreds of tests are included in the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators (CEOE) to assist prospective and existing educators in obtaining the certification required to teach in Oklahoma public schools. There are more than 50 Oklahoma Subject Area Tests are among these examinations (OSAT).

When enrolling for a CEOE exam, candidates must pay one or more fees. Here is a breakdown of how much each kind of exam will cost students each test or subtest.

For OGET, you are expected to pay around $80 for the CEOE Test Fee, $25 per test if you are testing via a computer, and an extra $30 Annual Processing Fee.

For school librarian certification, you will need to complete the Library-Media Specialist (038) examination with a passing score of 240. The exam appointment time  is 4 hours and 15 minutes long and the testing fee is $80. For more information about the examination and to register, go to the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators website.

For information about the certification tests required for teacher certification in Oklahoma contact the Teacher Certification Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Education at 405-521-3337 OR visit this link for further details: https://sde.ok.gov/teacher-certification 

Background Check

To keep the workplace safe, a background check is required. It guarantees that your colleagues do not pose a risk to others. School library administrators can be certain that onboarding colleagues are not criminals who pose a threat to school library attendees, especially when you’re dealing with an environment with a lot of children attending to.

To learn more about the background check process and to register to have your fingerprints taken, please go to the following Oklahoma State Department of Education webpage.

Applying for Certification

Upon completion of all school librarian (library media specialist) certification, you will need to follow the instructions and add all required materials with your Application for Adding Areas to Existing Certificate. Complete your application online on the Oklahoma Education Single Sign-On website or download the application, here. 

The application processing fee is $25.

Mail application packet and materials to:

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Teacher Certification, Room 212
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599

Certification Renewal Procedure

A standard certification is valid for five years. Prior to lapse of your school librarian certification, you will want to make sure you renew it. 

The fee for renewal is $50. You can renew your certification online on the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.

Certification Reciprocity Process

Oklahoma is a signatory to the Interstate Agreement of the American Association of School Librarians. This is a state-to-state reciprocity agreement for school librarians. However, it does not imply that qualified school librarians from other states will be allowed to walk into a classroom and begin working in the school libraries in Oklahoma. Each applicant for certification will be evaluated on their own credentials.

So, whether you’re from Oklahoma or somewhere else, we hope this information will help you prepare to become a school librarian. Begin early and prepare to take attendees on a voyage of discovery. A trip made possible by the power of books, technology, and knowledge. 

You will be their information conduit. As a librarian, you have access to a wealth of information thanks to the resources at your disposal. Books, technology, and media will once again be used as resources

You will not be able to do this task on your own. It will be part of a collaborative effort with other staff members at the school library where you will be working. You may be able to assist resource enthusiasts become lifelong readers and learners along the road. To become citizens who will use what they have learned to think critically.