Prepare for the varied roles of a school librarian in the 21st century. Discover how today's librarian is a catalyst for academic achievement and the importance of helping our preK-12 students become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.

Career Path

Through courses that focus on collaboration, leadership and technology, you'll soon see yourself in the following roles: 

  • Instructional partners
  • Teachers
  • Information specialists
  • Leader and program administrators

What You'll Study

Program

Collaboration, leadership and technology themes run throughout the program.

The program offers two tracks for those interested in becoming a school librarian – Track 1 for candidates who possess a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state and wish to add the endorsement and Track 2 for candidates who wish to pursue initial licensure as a school librarian

Prepare to meet the varied roles required of a school librarian in the 21st century – the roles of instructional partner, teacher, information specialist, leader and program administrator. 

Track 1 Licensed Teachers

This track is for those who enter the program holding a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or the equivalent from another state.

You'll take the core curriculum plus: 

  • SLIB 690 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (2) 


And select one elective from the following:

  • SLIB 570—Curriculum and Instructional Procedures for School Librarians (3)
  • SLIB 595—Special Topics (3)
  • SLIB 610—Promotion of School Libraries (3)
  • SLIB 685—Research Study in School Libraries (3)
  • SLIB 695—Advanced Special Topics (3)

Track 2 Initial Licensure

This is the track for those who have a Bachelor's but do not have a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or the equivalent from another state.

First, you'll need to meet the Professional Studies Requirements for PreK-12 endorsements before you can enroll in Supervised Experience in School Libraries, SLIB 689, a requirement of this track. 

The Prerequisites include:

  • EDUC 245, EDUC 521 or COUN 507
  • EDUC 487 or EDUC 550
  • EDUC 506 or undergraduate equivalent;
  • EDUC 430 or EDUC 530;
    OR
  • The equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses from another institution 

You'll also take Curriculum and Instructional Procedures for School Librarians, SLIB 570.

Track 1 Professional Endorsement

Designed for individuals with a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state who want to be eligible to add an endorsement for Library Media preK-12 without obtaining a Master’s degree. 

 

Requirements

The School Librarianship program follows the Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians from the American Library Association/American Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL) and the Virginia Department of Education Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. The program is nationally recognized by AASL and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Virginia Department of Education. 

For specific requirements for the master's degree or endorsement only, please select one fo the links below.