School Library Media Certification By State (2014)
State: New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Education
Office of Licensing and Credentials
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Phone: 609-292-2070 (2-4pm)
New Jersey Department of Education:
Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes
Master's Degree Needed: No
Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No
Other Testing Needed: No
Description: The school library media specialist endorsement, as an Educational Specialist, is required for anyone that serves as a school library media specialist in grades pre-school through 12.
Evaluation Process for Licensure:
To be eligible for the School Library Media (SLMS) Certificate of Eligibility (CE) endorsement, a candidate must:
- 1. Hold a permanent New Jersey school librarian or standard educational media specialist endorsement;
- 2. Those holding a standard New Jersey instructional certificated or a valid out-of-State instructional license that have completed a graduate degree program in a regionally accredited college or university with specialization in school library media studies.
- 3. Out-of-State candidates who have three years of successful full-time experience as a school library media specialist in another state under that state’s standard certificate authorizing such service may be eligible of the standard NJ certificate. The candidate shall hold a currently valid standard certificate from that state in the appropriate filed. The experience shall occur in the seven years immediately prior to the application for the New Jersey educational services certificate. Please send in official transcripts, a copy of the out-of-state license, and an official letter on school letterhead from a school official validating three years of fulltime experience under a valid out-of-state license. The letter should include dates of employment, assignment, and full-time or part-time status.
Reciprocity: New Jersey follows the Interstate Agreement with the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification (NASDEC). However, one must meet the state’s requirements for teaching licensure because NASDEC is not a law. Further information can be found at: http://www.nasdtec.org.