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School Librarianship Professional Endorsement

The Professional Endorsement in School Librarianship 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 and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. 

The School Librarianship endorsement program is 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.  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 an endorsement as a school librarian in grades preK-12.



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 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 620 Instructional Design in School Libraries (3) 
  • SLIB 630 Organization of Information (3)
  • SLIB 670 Administration of School Libraries (3)
  • SLIB 690 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (2)
  • SLIB 691 Professional Portfolio (1)




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


Program Coordinator

Dr. Audrey Church

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