Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Library Media Licensure Requirements

To receive an institutional verification from Fort Hays State University to the Kansas State Department of Education, applicants for a Library Media endorsement must complete the Fort Hays State University-approved Library Media Program.

Steps for Obtaining a Provisional Library Media License

  • Complete 50% of the approved Library Media Licensure program.
  • Secure a position as a Library Media Specialist.
  • Apply for a “Provisional School Specialist License”. This is KSDE Form 3 available only from the FHSU Licensure Office
  • The Provisional School Specialist License application is sent to KSDE by the FHSU Licensure Office. KSDE will mail the license directly to the candidate. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing the application. This license is valid for a period of two years.

Steps for Obtaining an Initial Library Media License

  • Complete the approved Library Media Licensure Program and provides evidence of an earned master’s degree.
  • Achieve a passing score of 153 on the ETS Content Assessment for Library Media Specialist – test code 0311. Register for the exam at www.ets.org
  • Secure a position as a Library Media Specialist.
  • Apply for an “Initial School Specialist License”. This is KSDE Form 1 “Application for Kansas Initial License or Added Endorsements” available only from the FHSU Licensure Office. Submit the form online.
    • The Initial School Specialist License application is sent to KSDE by the FHSU Licensure Office. KSDE will mail the license directly to the candidate. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing the application.
     

Steps for Obtaining an Initial Professional Library Media License

  • Complete the year-long district-administered mentoring program and then contact KSDE for a “Professional School Specialist License” application.
    • Each applicant for an initial professional library media license shall submit to the state board the following:
      • Verification of successful completion of the school specialist performance assessment prescribed by the state board while employed in a school accredited by the state board or by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the state board;
      • Verification of at least one year of recent accredited experience or at least eight semester hours of recent credit;
      • An application for professional library media license; and
      • Licensure fee.
       
     
  •  Apply for a “Professional School Specialist License”. This is KSDE Form 21 “Application for Kansas Upgrade to Professional License” available from KSDE. KSDE will mail the license directly to the candidate. Allow KSDE 4-6 weeks for processing the application.

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Free Content Test Preparation Material

The Library Media Specialist Tests at a Glance includes sample questions with scored, annotated responses, and test-taking strategies. You can download Tests at a Glance by going to www.ets.org and clicking on the "Test Preparation" link.

Test Score Results

When registering for the test, choose "Fort Hays State University as a score recipient. ETS will not send you your test results by mail; however, they will be available on their website approximately four weeks after taking the test. Make sure to print a copy for your records.

District Administered Mentorship Program

All individuals holding an initial Library Media Specialist license must complete a year-long district administered mentorship program to successfully complete the performance assessment as a prerequisite to receiving a professional Library Media Specialist license.

         Policies and Requirements for the Mentorship Program:

  • Mentoring and supervision for a one-year period must be provided by the district during the term of an initial license.
  • The assigned mentor must hold a professional license.
  • Candidates are no longer required to enroll in and complete internship credit through the higher education institution.
  • The higher education institution where the program was completed is no longer required to provide supervision.
  • The district providing the mentoring/supervision will be required to complete a verification form as part of the upgrade application process for the professional license
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