School Library Connection


Contact Information

Virginia Department of Education
Division of Teacher Education and Licensure
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

James Monroe Building
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 225-2022
Fax: (804) 786-6759


Virginia Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed: Yes

Master's Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: No

Other Testing Needed: No, however scores on the PRAXIS I tests are required unless exempted on the basis of 2 years of verified teaching experience and holding an out-of-state certificate is applicable.

Description: Library media is an endorsement on a teacher's license.

Evaluation Process for Licensure:

Evaluation Process for Licensure: The candidate must have:

1.) Graduated from an approved preparation program in library media; or

2.) Completed 24 semester hours distributed in each of the following areas:

3.) Participated in a clinical experience to give the applicant an opportunity to apply the skills, understandings, and competencies required for the endorsement. One year of successful, full-time experience as a school librarian in a public or accredited nonpublic school may be accepted to meet this requirement.

Reciprocity: Yes, licensure by reciprocity is provided for individuals who have obtained a valid out-of-state license (full credential without deficiencies) that is in force at the time the application for a Virginia license is received by the Department of Education. The individual must establish a file in the Department of Education by submitting a complete application packet, which shall include official student transcripts. Specific guidelines: LMS Certification - School Library Media Certification By State: Virginia 0