School Library Connection


Contact Information

Board of Educational Examiners
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0147

Phone: (515) 281-5849
Fax: (515) 242-5988

Iowa Board of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes

Master's Degree Needed: Yes, if certification is for K-12

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes – Library Media Specialist: score 156

Other Testing Needed: No

Description: Iowa has two types of certification for library media: K–8 elementary school teacher librarian and 5–12 secondary school teacher librarian. The Master's is needed to be certified K-12.

Evaluation Process for Licensure:

Testing for individuals who hold a valid and comparable certificate may be waived. The criteria for eligible individuals are:

Program requirements for Elementary school media specialist (K-6):

Program requirements for Secondary school media specialist (7-12):

Reciprocity: Yes, through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement. This can be found at: LMS Certification - School Library Media Certification By State: Iowa 0