Anyone a LMS in Texas?

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  1. famv5

    famv5 Rookie

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    I currently live in PA. I have my MLS and will finish my certification as a library media specialist in the spring.

    I've been looking at positions in Austin, Texas because my husband has an opportunity to be transferred there. It's not looking good. Is it correct that I need not only my MLS w/certification but also my teaching certification, as well?? I keep reading that I need both AND two years of classroom experience. I'm shocked!!! I've been looking at several different states and so far Texas is the only one requiring two degrees for this career.

    I'm really bummed about this because it seems like a great place to live. After all of the years and money I've put into my degree, I simply cannot afford and do not have the time to go back to school for my teaching certification. I've taken a lot of the same courses that teachers need to take along with the same state tests so that's why it just surprised me that they won't accept a masters w/certification in that field.

    Can someone clarify this for me? I would really appreciate your help. :)
     
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    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    famv~yes, you do need at least 2 years teaching experience before becoming a librarian in a school setting. You will need to take the librarian certification test. Have you looked at being a librarian in a city library in Texas?
     
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    Yes, and I could do that, however, my real desire is to work in a K-12 academic setting. I've spent the last year or more working on that certification for me to just not use it.

    Well, I was hoping for better news....:), but it is what it is.

    Thanks for replying. I appreciate it.

    Have a great day.
     
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    Have you considered private schools?
     
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    Private schools and charter schools are something else to consider. They normally don't require certification and for librarians, I'm sure they would not require 2 years teaching.
     
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    Hi, I am in the same boat. I have an MLS, and decided I wanted to be a school librarian two years ago. You don't necessarily have to be certified to do the education, but you do have to have two years experience as a teacher of record. I started an ACP program in 2008 to get certified. I figured I could teach for 2 years and start the Library Certification program during the time. I never got the internship, but will be certified in about 60 days, or however long it takes my program to recommend it. I'm doing a 12 week Clinical Teaching placement right now. What really stinks is the schools that will hire their teachers with no library experience for the librarian.
     
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    I did some further research and there are many states with the same requirements. Wow! I wish I would have looked into that a while ago. There are only less than a handful of states that do not require the teaching credentials along with the MLS. Luckily, I live in one of those states but I guess we'll have to reconsider the transfer. I will check into the charter schools and private schools there but that really limits my job opportunities.

    I appreciate everyone's responses and help. :)
     

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