School Library Connection


Contact Information

Louisiana Department of Education
Certification and Higher Education
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064


Louisiana Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes, but a candidate can apply as ancillary, with a Masters in Library Science

Master's Degree Needed: Yes

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, passing score of 136 or above. The position is entitled Ancillary School Librarian and is not considered instructional. Louisiana will accept National Board Certification as a substitute for all testing requirements. When registering for a test, you must opt to use your social security number or your scores will be erroneously reported to Louisiana and create delays in licensure.

House Bill 221, passed in August of 2001, enables exemption from Louisiana PRAXIS/NTE examinations requirements if the applicant holding valid out-of-state teaching credentials (1) has at least three years of successful teaching experience in another state, as certified by the previous out-of-state school district(s) from satisfactory annual evaluation results, and (2) has completed one year of employment as a teacher in Louisiana public school system, as verified by the superintendent of the employing public school system. The Louisiana superintendent must request full Louisiana certification for the out-of-state teacher, following the successful year of employment in Louisiana.

Other Testing Needed: No

Description: Candidates may add on to a teaching license or choose the new ancillary certificate (which is non-instructional). Louisiana offers ancillary certificates to applicants holding degrees or credentials in a specialized area such as library science. This is a five -year license that is renewable. You must have a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a passing score on the Praxis Library Media Specialist Test. These are considered non-instructional positions.

Evaluation Process for Licensure:

The criteria for eligible individuals are:

Complete eighteen to twenty-one semester hours in library science, as follows:

  1. Elementary and/or secondary school library materials, nine (9)semester hours;
  2. Organization, administration, and interpretation of elementary and/or secondary school library service, six (6) semester hours;
  3. Elementary and/or secondary school library practice, three (3) semester hours (see note).

NOTE: Persons who have already served three years as fulltime school librarians and who completed all library science courses except elementary and secondary school library practice, may satisfy this requirement by a minimum one-year, on-the-job internship with supervision provided by the Library Science faculty of the College of Education for six semester hours of credit.


Reciprocity: Yes, however, one must meet the state's requirements for teaching licensure. Louisiana 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). Further information can be found at: & LMS Certification - School Library Media Certification By State: Louisiana 0