Most professional-level librarian positions require an ALA-accredited master's degree in library and information science. Non-MLS positions are usually paraprofessional-level and in most libraries pay less, although some smaller or rural institutions are staffed mainly or entirely by non-MLS workers, and some of these are staffed by one person.
Public Library Certification
All public library directors in libraries receiving state aid are required to have a certification level based on the population of the service area of the library where they are employed. The certification levels are: library assistant, provisional librarian, and professional librarian. A library assistant has completed at least 2 academic years of college education and completed 9 credit hours of library science courses. A provisional librarian has at least a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university and has completed at least 12 credit hours of library science courses. A professional librarian has at least a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university and a master's degree in library science. More information about certification levels can be found in the PA Library Code.
All applications for librarian certification must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education through TIMS. Directions have been provided to help you with the process.
School Library Certification
Pennsylvania teaching certificates with endorsement in school librarianship may be issued to graduates of Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have completed a school librarianship preparation program, received a competency recommendation from the preparing institution, completed the test requirements for professional certification in PA, passed the Praxis test, and met all other requirements provided by PA law. More information can be found on the School Library Certification page.