Designed as a hybrid program, our Master of Education in School Librarianship fits right into your busy life. Students get face to face with their instructors on Saturdays – right where they live and work – and online instruction throughout the week. Our flexible program is perfect for individuals or school divisions seeking school librarianship preparation for a group of candidates.

Nationally Recognized 

As just one of two Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and American Association of School Librarianship (AASL) nationally recognized programs in Virginia, Longwood’s full-time, experienced faculty have travelled to more than 20 school divisions since 2000 teaching and guiding students into their new roles as information specialists, collaborative partners, teachers, and instructional leaders.

Program Focus 

Our program focuses on collaboration, leadership and technology, preparing students to implement a fully integrated school library program. Each cohort enrolls 15-20 students ranging in age from 20-something to 60+, providing unlimited opportunities to network, share research, swap ideas, and present and publish with others in the field. 

We offer tracks for currently licensed teachers and those seeking initial licensure. The program can be completed in as little as two and a half years or at an accelerated pace through close, direct advising from one of our program faculty.

Career Paths

School librarian
Library media specialist
Teacher-librarian
Library information specialist

 

Core Curriculum & Courses

Emerging Trends, Collection Development and Instructional Design are just a few of the areas you’ll explore in our program. Learn more about our courses:  Longwood University School Librarianship Course Descriptions  (pdf).

Each student completes the core curriculum plus courses associated with the appropriate track.

Core Curriculum

SLIB500 Foundations of School Librarianship (3)
SLIB510 Collection Development (3)
SLIB520 Library Resources for Children (2)
SLIB521 Library Resources for Children Workshop (1)
SLIB530 Library Resources for Young Adults (2)
SLIB531 Library Resources for Young Adults Workshop (1)
SLIB560 Information Sources and Services (3)
SLIB600 Emerging Trends in School Librarianship (3)
SLIB620 Instructional Design in School Libraries (2)
SLIB621 Instructional Design and Assessment in School Libraries Workshop (1)
SLIB630 Organization of Information (3)
SLIB670 Administration of School Libraries (2)
SLIB671 Administration of School Libraries Workshop (1)
SLIB680 Research Methodology for School Libraries (3)
SLIB691 Professional Portfolio (1)

Total credits: 31

During your final semester of enrollment, you’ll develop and present a Professional Portfolio which documents your mastery of program standards and highlights your growth. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished and so will employers!

Tracks

All tracks lead to endorsement in library media PreK-12 in Virginia.

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.

In addition to the Core Curriculum, you'll take SLIB570, Curriculum and Instructional Procedures for School Librarians, and you'll need to meet the Professional Studies Requirements for PreK-12 endorsements before you can enroll in Supervised Experience in School Libraries, SLIB689, the culminating 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

Master of Education, School Librarianship (pdf)

 

Professional Endorsement in Library Media

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. Completion of the following courses is required:

SLIB500 Foundations of School Librarianship (3)
SLIB510 Collection Development (3)
SLIB520 Library Resources for Children (3)
SLIB530 Library Resources for Young Adults (3)
SLIB560 Information Sources and Services (3)
SLIB620 Instructional Design in School Libraries (3)
SLIB630 Organization of Information (3)
SLIB670 Administration of School Libraries (3)
SLIB690 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (2)
SLIB691 Professional Portfolio (1)

Total credits: 27

School Librarianship Endorsement (pdf)

Admission Requirements

Program Specific (Librarianship, M.Ed.)

  • A graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). If not, either a minimum mean score on two out of three parts (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) of the General GRE test OR a GPA of 3.5 on 6 hours of Longwood graduate courses that are part of the degree program to which the applicant is applying taken as a non-degree registrant within the last 12 months.
  • A personal essay of 500 words or less.
  • Two recommendations related to your competence and effectiveness in your academic and professional work.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Longwood Graduate Student Admissions  

Applicants should review Longwood’s Graduate Student Admissions which include:  

  • Graduate Admissions Requirements
  • Application Procedures & Deadlines
  • Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Deadlines

Enrolling Semester

Fall: Deadline July 15
Spring: Deadline December 1
Summer: Deadline April 15

These are suggested application submission dates. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.
Want to check if the program is full? Email us, graduate@longwood.edu.

Costs & Financial Aid

Longwood offers an outstanding and affordable education.

The Licensed Teachers track is 36 credits, making the cost breakdown:

$14,292 - Estimated in-state cost
$397 per credit hour

$37,152 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$1,032 per credit hour

The Initial Licensure track is 39 credits, making the cost breakdown:

$15,483 - Estimated in-state cost
$397 per credit hour

$40,248 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$1,032 per credit hour

The Endorsement only is 27 credits, making the cost breakdown:

$10,719 - Estimated in-state cost
$397 per credit hour

$27,864 - Estimated out-of-state cost
$1,032 per credit hour

Visit Longwood's Graduate student tuition estimates and hours webpage.

Visit Longwood's Financial Aid webpage.

Program Flyer

View, download, and print the Master of Education, School Librarianship (pdf) flyer and School Librarianship Endorsement (pdf) flyers.