School Librarian Certificate Program

Frequently Asked Questions


 

The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the School Librarian Certificate Program. For comprehensive description of the program and its requirements for application and completion, visit the School Librarian Certificate Program page.

Who should apply?

Passionate, motivated classroom teachers who wish to make a broader impact on teaching and learning in their schools. Teachers who are ready to work hard by collaborating with teachers to bring information literacy skills to the curriculum at point of need. Teachers who want to create a culture of reading at their schools and team with all stakeholders. Teachers who are self motivated, technology adopters and users, and who love working with all learners. Teachers who want to make their school library the place where every child’s needs are met and every child is honored. Teachers who want to be a part of something extraordinary--the School Librarian Certificate cohort at UT Austin.

What are the requirements to be a certified school librarian in Texas?
  • Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Successfully complete an Educator Preparation Program
  • Successfully complete the School Librarian’s TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards)
  • Have a teacher certificate and at least of two years full time classroom teaching experience from a public or accredited private school
What is involved in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP)?

200 clock-hours of coursework include:

  • Four courses (12 credit hours) which, in addition to school library content, will include instruction and training in:
    • Educator Code of Ethics
    • Commissioner’s standards
    • Educator standards
    • Dyslexia, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Youth
    • Suicide, Digital Literacy
    • Framework for evaluations
    • Reading instruction & Dyslexia
  • School library practicum (160 clock hours in a public or TEA approved elementary and secondary school library)
What are the qualifications to apply?
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education that at the time was accredited or otherwise approved by an accrediting organization recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 

  2. Hold a teaching certificate from the Texas Education Agency or other State’s teacher certificate agency.

  3. Have and provide evidence of two years full time classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school. Applicant’s service record from Texas Education Agency or other State’s teacher certificate agency is required.

Visit the Admissions page for detailed instructions.

What if I already have a Master’s degree?

Apply as a non-degree seeking student. Read Non-degree Seeking Student application policies.

Do I need to take the GRE, if applying for MSIS?

Only if you do not currently have a Master’s degree from UT Austin or if you are a Non-Degree Seeker.

When and where is the GRE scheduled?

There are a number of sites and dates. Check here: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates

How do I apply for the School Librarian Certificate Program?

Visit the Admissions page for detailed instructions.

What documents do I need for the application?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Texas Education Agency ID number Login or create new account https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/
  • Official Teaching service record from all districts from which you have taught.
  • Statement of Purpost
  • College Transcripts
  • CV or Résumé
  • GRE, if you are a degree seeker

Visit the Admissions page for detailed instructions.

When is the deadline for applying for the program?

February 1st

How much is tuition for the School Librarian Certificate Program (not including the additional courses for a Master’s degree)?

Current as of 9.20.19. Subject to change.

  • Summer (6 credit hours): $3,962
  • Fall 1 (3 credit hours): $2,391
  • Spring (3 credit hours) $2,391
  • Fall 2 (3 credit hours) $2,391

Total: $11,135

Tuition calculator: https://tuition.utexas.edu/

If students take one class each summer session instead of the recommended two classes, their tuition will increase.

What are the associated fees?
  • Parking
  • Texas Examination of Educator Standards
  • Criminal background check
  • Textbooks
How much will textbooks cost?

Approximately $430 (exact texts yet to be selected)

School library management I & II: $160 (if you join American Library Association)

Inquiry & information seeking in K-12: $50

Materials for Children and YA: $120 textbooks + $100 children’s books (this cost can be lowered by borrowing library books)

Are there financial aid or scholarships available?

Financial aid and scholarships are not offered through the university for students who attend less than half time (8 hours or less or non-degree seeking).

When does the program begin?

The summer session of each year.

What and when are the required courses?
    • Summer session 1 (June/July 5-weeks, 3 days per week)
      • School Library Management 1: Literacy and Administration (9am – 12pm)
      • Information seeking and inquiry for K-12 (1pm – 4 pm) May be substituted for another approved course.
    • Fall 1 (one evening class per week from 6-9 pm)
      • School Library Management II: Teaching and learning

Spring (one evening class per week from 6-9 pm)

      • Materials for Children and YA
      • Fall 2
        • INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries (160 hours: 80 hours in an elementary library, 80 hours in a middle school or high school library). The practicum may be completed over two semesters—fall and spring.

Alternative schedule (increased cost)

      • Summer session (June/July 5 weeks)
        • School Library Management 1: Literacy and Administration (9am – 12pm)
      • Fall 1
      • School Library Management II: Teaching and learning
      • Spring
        • Materials for Children and YA
      • Summer session (June-July)
      • Information seeking and inquiry for K-12 (1pm – 4 pm) May be substituted for another approved course.
      • Fall 2
        • INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries (160 hours: 80 hours in an elementary library, 80 hours in a middle school or high school library). The practicum may be completed over two semesters—fall and spring. 
Are the courses offered online?

No. Courses are face-to-face. There will be a few occasions or class sessions when we meet together online to take additional instruction and training as per TEA.

What is the practicum?

The school library practicum (INF 388R)  is a required internship, consisting of 160 hours of face-to-face practice in an elementary (80 hours) and secondary (80 hours) school library. The practicum provides opportunities for school library certification students to use prior and newly acquired skills and knowledge as applied to daily practices in a vibrant school library. Practicum students are supervised by a Site Supervisor who has a teaching certificate, three years teaching experience, and is an accomplished educator. The Site Supervisor reports the practicum student’s progress to the iSchool’s SLC coordinator. A Field Supervisor, holding a school librarian certificate and three years classroom experience, is employed by the University to conduct 135 minutes of formal observation and evaluation of the practicum student.

Visit the Practicum page for information on requirements.

Can I complete my practicum during the summer?

No summer practicums will be considered.

Can I complete my practicum during the Fall and Spring semesters?

Yes, the practicum may be spread out over Fall and Spring, in that order. You take an incomplete in the Fall for INF388R and complete the hours in the Spring, finishing before the last day of class at UT. You have to registered for at least 1 hour in the Spring.

How can I complete the practicum while teaching full time?

You will need to work it out with your school district and principal. Practicum students have used their personal days, hours before and after school, and during duty free lunch. Some teachers are able to be placed at the library in their schools for half of the required hours.

Do I need to take a certification exam?

Yes, the Texas Examination of Educator Standards, School Librarian (150) examination

For which grade levels will I be certified?

This certificate prepares the holder for work at all levels of public education in Texas, from Pre-Kindergarten through high school (PreK-12).

Will there be support after I secure a position as a first year school librarian?

Oh, yes! You will have the support of your cohort and the Program Coordinator.