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School Librarianship Major

The Master of Education in 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. 

Coursework prepares individuals 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. The concept of the librarian as a catalyst for academic achievement is emphasized, as is the importance of helping our preK-12 students become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.  Collaboration, leadership, and technology are themes which run throughout the program. Successful completion of this program meets current eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License with an endorsement in Library Media grades preK-12.  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.



For complete admissions information and forms, please visit the admissions pages of the College of Graduate & Professional Studies website.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Core Program Requirements   

  • SLIB 500 Foundations of School Librarianship (3)
  • SLIB 510 Collection Development (3)
  • SLIB 520 Library Resources for Children (3)
  • SLIB 530 Library Resources for Young Adults (3)
  • SLIB 560 Information Sources and Services (3)
  • SLIB 600 Emerging Trends in School Librarianship (3)
  • SLIB 620 Instructional Design in School Libraries (3)
  • SLIB 630 Organization of Information (3)
  • SLIB 670 Administration of School Libraries (3)
  • SLIB 680 Research Methodology for School Librarians (3)
  • SLIB 691 Professional Portfolio (1)


TRACKS:  One track must be selected and five or eight credit hours completed according to professional qualifications.   

TRACK 1 - Licensed Teacher Track (For those who enter the program holding a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or the equivalent from another state.)

  • SLIB 690 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (2)

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 Track  
(For those who enter the program without a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or the equivalent from another state.) Prior to enrollment in SLIB 689, students must meet the Professional Studies Requirements for PreK-12 endorsements as established by the Virginia Department of Education.  This includes completion of the following prerequisites EDUC 245, EDUC 521 or COUN 507; and EDUC 487 or EDUC 550; and EDUC 506 or undergraduate equivalent; and EDUC 430 or EDUC 530; or equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses from another institution.

  • SLIB 570 Curriculum and Instructional Procedures for School Librarians (3)
  • SLIB 689 Supervised Experience in School Libraries (5)



Program Coordinator

Dr. Audrey Church

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