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School Library Media PreK-12 Initial Licensure

The School Library Media PreK-12 Initial Licensure concentration prepares individuals to meet the varied roles required of a school library media specialist in the 21st century - the roles of information specialist, instructional partner, teacher, and program administrator.

It introduces methods of information management and ideas to develop fully integrated programs in school library media centers as well as the education background needed for licensure.

Culmination comes in a supervised professional semester in a school library/media center and a comprehensive examination designed to evaluate competency in written expression, ability to reason and skill in applying theory and research in the school library media area.

Upon successful completion of the degree and passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), students meet current eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License with an endorsement in Library Media PreK-12 as well as earn a Master of Science degree from Longwood University.



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


Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the program candidates must submit passing scores on Praxis I OR equivalent SAT/ACT scores OR passing scores on VCLA plus Praxis I math or SAT/ACT math, and prior to enrollment in the Graduate Supervised Experience/Professional Semester passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) are required.

An application for the Graduate Supervised Experience/Professional Semester must be completed and filed with the Office of Professional Services by the required date, September 1 (one year before the fall professional semester) or February 1 (one year before the spring professional semester).  Visit the Office of Professional Services website for complete information on admission to teacher preparation and the professional semester. 


Program Requirements

  • EDUC502 Research Design (3)]
  • EDUC506 Contemporary Social Issues in American Education (3)
  • EDUC521 Human Growth & Development (3)
  • EDUC530 Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
  • EDUC550 Classroom & Behavior Management for PreK-12 Teachers (3)
  • EDUC699 Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • EDSL503 Media Selection & Evaluation (3)
  • EDSL520 Library Resources for Children (3)
  • EDSL530 Library Resources for Young Adults (3)
  • EDSL548 Production of Media for Instruction (3)
  • EDSL560 Informational Sources & Services (3)
  • EDSL561 Technology Applications (3)
  • EDSL580 Technical Processing of Materials (3)
  • EDSL660 Collaborative Instructional Processes (3)
  • EDSL670 Administration of School Library Media Centers (3)
  • EDSL689 Supervised Experience in Library Media Services (6)

Total Hours Required: 48



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.


Program Coordinator

Dr. Audrey Church

Hull 232