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“I have the best job in the whole world. I’m thankful for the professors who shared their expertise on best practices, for my mentors that coached me to get better and more confident in my knowledge and skill, and for my fellow students who helped create a learning community. UVM’s program was designed to help anyone achieve their learning goals." --Emily Wood, School Librarian at Richmond Elementary School

School Libraries in the Digital Age: Dynamic Hubs for Learning

The contemporary school library is designed as a space to transform learning and to encourage learners to think, create, share, and grow. Along with being physical space with resources in many formats, it is also a virtual space with access to databases, reading recommendations, and project and homework help. School librarians, also known as school library media specialists, are educational leaders and resource specialists in pre-K-12 schools who work collaboratively to provide equitable access to resources and information for all learners. 

Online Coursework

Our School Library Media Science courses are delivered using a combination of asynchronous online work and opportunities to engage in a professional learning community through synchronous sessions. The specialization includes six graduate-level courses designed for both those with and without teacher certification (non-educators may need additional coursework). All of the courses are embedded in a strand of our Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction.

Our curriculum addresses the essential competencies for School Library Media Specialists required by the State of Vermont. Courses reflect current standards for school librarianship as described by the American Association for School Librarians (AASL), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and Vermont Standards for Educators.

Licensing for School Library Media Specialists

Upon successful completion of the program, qualified individuals may request a transcript review by the Vermont Agency of Education. While the specialization originated with practicing educators in mind, it is not just for teachers. For those seeking to change careers, the school librarian endorsement also has an option for non-educators to enter the profession through transcript review for initial certification.

All participants are encouraged to review the requirements for Vermont Educator Licensure through Transcript Review. For questions email the Licensing Helpline or call (802) 828-3440.


EDLI 6720 (372) Managing and Leading School Library Media Centers (FALL)

This course examines foundational principles and issues of school librarianship, such as intellectual freedom, equity, and access. Candidates will prepare for organizing and operating a school library media center, with emphasis on leadership and advocacy for planning, policy and procedure development, facility design, personnel administration, and program evaluation.

EDLI 6730 (373) Developing and Organizing School Library Media Center Collections (SPRING)

Explore fundamental concepts for developing and organizing School Library Media Center collections in this course. Equity of access to information resources is a guiding principle that drives collection development, and emphasis is placed on evaluation, selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students, staff, and other patrons in contemporary schools in both physical and virtual environments.

EDLI 6770 (377) Information Technologies for School Library Media Centers (SUMMER)

This course explores the planning, instructional use, and management of technology in the contemporary school library media center. Learners will develop competence and confidence in teaching with and using technology. This course explores the ways that technology can support readers, provide access to resources, create community, and give students authentic outlets to communicate their ideas beyond school walls. Course participants will also examine ways to design instruction to teach and promote digital citizenship and media literacy skills.

EDLI 6760 (376) Information Sources and Services for School Library Media Centers (FALL)

This course focuses on the teacher librarian’s role in the information landscape. Information Sources and Services addresses: research strategies, search tools, information curation, teaching, and evaluation with multimedia digital reference resources to meet the needs of a diverse learning community. There will be an emphasis on virtual library learning spaces which is critical in an anytime, anywhere learning environment.

EDLI 6740 (374) Designing Learning in School Library Media Centers (SPRING)

This course is designed to explore theories and best practices for teaching and learning in today’s school libraries. School Librarians are educators who demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning. They model and promote collaborative planning and assessment, instruction in multiple literacies, and inquiry-based learning which enables members of the learning community to become effective users and creators of ideas and information. School Librarians design and implement instruction that engages students’ interests and develops their ability to inquire, think creatively and critically, build citizenship skills, and gain and share knowledge in a proficiency-based, personalized learning environment.

EDLI 6710 (371) Children’s and Young Adult Literature (SUMMER)

Effective school librarians promote reading for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. This course is designed as a survey of the context and merit of children’s (CH) and young adult (YA) literature, that is, books written for and read by readers from ages Pre K-Grade 12. The course will examine major trends in children’s and young adult literature, and current issues in the selection of reading materials in multiple formats to support reading for information, reading for pleasure, and reading for lifelong learning. The course also includes a focus on best practices in reading and literacy instruction that enhances opportunities to meet the diverse interests and abilities of all readers.