All professional employees of public schools must hold a license for the subject or grade level they teach or for the professional assignment they hold. The official title for school librarians in North Carolina is Library Media Coordinator and the license code number is 076.
A clear and continuing license as a school library media coordinator requires:
- A master’s degree in library science with specialized courses in school library-related topics
- Fieldwork (i.e., internship) in a school library media center under supervision of a licensed and experienced library media coordinator
- A satisfactory score on the Media Coordinator (#0311) PRAXIS/NTE (National Teacher’s Exam) specialty area
Under certain circumstances a school can apply for a provisional license for a candidate who has either an A-level teaching license or a bachelor’s degree in media but lacks some of the other requirements. In addition, a May 2006 provision passed by the NC State Board allows individuals with 18 graduate semester hours applicable toward a school media coordinator program to be issued a provisional license. The provisional license holder has five years to complete all requirements.
The standard basis for licensure is the completion of a state-approved educational preparatory program at an accredited university. Several approved programs exist in North Carolina. Each has a slightly different program. The 076 license seeker should compare and select the program best suited to his/her needs.
North Carolina has reciprocity agreements with Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, and Guam.
Once an applicant has completed the UNC-Chapel Hill approved school media licensure program, the license application may be submitted online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure.
For questions about the process contact:Diana B. Lys, EdD. Assistant Dean of Program Assessment, Accreditation, and Teacher Preparation, School of Education 103 Peabody Hall CB #3500, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500 919.445.8878 Fax: 919.966.1348 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See UNC's School of Education Licensure page for specific steps to follow.