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School Library Certification

Interested in becoming a school librarian? Our program prepares students to work and teach in school libraries across the country. Students who complete our program are eligible to be certified and approved by the S.C. Department of Education. Students who plan to teach in other states should check certification requirements and talk to their faculty advisor.

Program Requirements

If you’re not already a certified teacher, you’ll need to take the core 36 hours plus 15 more hours, which include a second internship and four education courses.

If you’re already a certified teacher, you’ll need to take the core 36 hours, which includes one internship.

The capstone experience includes a final class in school library program development, as well as an internship and a portfolio based on all coursework.

For detailed information on specific classes, see our School Library Checklist (pdf). 

Internships

If you’re currently certified as a teacher, you’ll need one internship in a school library. If you’re not, you’ll need two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a secondary school.

Previous work in a library does not count as an internship. Students cannot intern at a school where they are employed.

Internships are for three credit hours. Each internship requires working at least 135 hours in a school library, usually as two full days a week over 10-12 weeks. See more detailed information in our Internship Packet (pdf).

Getting Certified

You’ll need to apply for initial certification about a year in advance of starting an internship. This process includes an FBI background check. Applications can be found here (pdf).

If you’re already a certified teacher, you’ll need to apply for advanced certification about two to three months before graduation. Applications can be found here (pdf).

Need More Information

Visit our frequently asked questions page.

For more information about the certification process, contact:

Office of Student Affairs
Lauren Brown, Ed.S
Undergraduate Academic Advisor and Licensure Administrator
College of Education – Office of Student Services
University of South Carolina
http:  www.ed.sc.edu/sa/advisement.asp
Email: brownlw@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: (803) 777-3570
Fax: (803) 777-3068