A collaboration between UVA Wise and the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development, the Library Media Add-on Endorsement is a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)-approved program for currently licensed Commonwealth of Virginia teachers who wish to add a library media endorsement to their teaching license. In conjunction with UVA, the program offers you the required courses as designed by the VDOE, on a rotating basis, with highly qualified instructors, who have years of experience in the classroom and the library. Once you complete the full program, you will qualify for an endorsement in Library Media PreK-12.
The Library Media Program will consist of 15 undergraduate credits from UVA Wise, plus an additional 9 graduate credits from UVA. Qualified applicants will be admitted to the UVA Wise Library Media Program after review and approval of their credentials.
The required courses to meet the VDOE requirements are as follows:
- LIB 3100 Reference and Bibliography *
- LIB 3200 Technical Services *
- LIB 3300 School Library Administration *
- EDU 3260 Design, Production, Evaluation of Instructional Media or EDIS 7010 Computer Courseware Tools
- EDU 3610 Children’s Literature or EDIS 5409 Children’s Literature
- EDU 3400 Young Adult Literature or EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature
- EDU 3940 Internship in School Library Services *
*Must be taken through UVA Wise
The Library Media Program culminates in the internship course. This six-hour course is part of the VDOE-approved program for the Library Media endorsement and includes participation in activities, routines, and procedures of the school library. The course fulfills internship requirements for licensure as a school librarian and may be used to meet part of the professional education requirements. Students may register for the internship course once all of the core UVA and UVA Wise classes are completed. Learn more about the internship.
The program is provided in a cohort format. LIB courses through UVA Wise are taught via synchronized online meetings once per week. EDIS courses through UVA will be taught asynchronously online. Students may also take courses at their own pace.
If you hold an active Virginia teacher license and are interested in this program, please complete the non-degree application, submit your application essay, and two reference letters as well as the application fee to apply.
Elizbeth Dotson-Shupe, the Program Coordinator and an assistant professor of education at UVA Wise, will review each applicant’s transcripts to see if any previous coursework will count toward the required classes. Please note that only coursework completed within the past 10 years will be considered. Also, only two transfer courses will be allowed to count for the required Library Media courses.