Individuals may obtain Pennsylvania Library Science K-12 Certification while enrolled in the M.S.L.S. program. Clarion University and the department are fully accredited by the American Library Association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its programs are also approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Requirements for certification may vary based on an individual's previous certification and degrees.
Individuals who wish to study to become a school librarian have two paths to obtain this certification.
The first path is for individuals who already hold a valid teaching certificate. Those individuals simply follow the required 36-hour array of graduate courses for their program.
The second path is for individuals without a prior teaching certificate. Those individuals must have their transcripts analyzed to identify needed coursework required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Initial certification also requires a full semester of student teaching. For complete information about the process to achieve teacher certification at Clarion University, please see the Office of Field Services.