Become a School Leader
Today a school library is a hub of curiosity, innovation, and inspiration. Led by professionally trained teacher-librarians, school libraries enable STEM projects to provide maker spaces, collaboration among students and staff, and a habit of reading among K-12 students. As the CIO, chief information officer, of the school, librarians integrate technology tools and skills in student learning, teaching both students and teachers to navigate and evaluate Internet sources and sites. Become that leader who engages with all the teachers and students and establishes a schoolwide culture of equity, access, and learning.
This endorsement is offered by AU Seattle
Professionally-endorsed school librarians are in demand in Washington! Antioch University Seattle’s Library Media Endorsement program is a Washington state-approved, standards-based endorsement that can be added to an existing Washington state or reciprocal state teaching certificate. The program consists of seven graduate courses offered quarterly (10 weeks per course) and can be completed within one academic year and summer or at your own pace. Courses can be taken completely online or with some face-to-face, hybrid options. Coursework blends research and theory with best practices in education and school librarianship while embedding the principles of social justice and leadership throughout the program.
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To earn the Washington State library media endorsement, candidates must:
- Hold a Washington State teaching certificate or a teaching certificate from a reciprocal state
- Complete Antioch’s school library endorsement courses which include field experiences.
Required Courses and Descriptions (3-credits each):
LIBM 6025 Organization & Collection Management
In this online course, candidates develop specialized knowledge and skills related to the methods of organization and access to physical and digital information resources in a library setting. An introduction to MARC records and cataloging, including how to use and extract reports from automated catalog and circulation systems, will be examined. Creating a collection development plan using recommending tools and standards for nonfiction, candidates assess a collection and select/curate resources to support the diverse needs of students and the curriculum. Other content includes budgeting, weeding, selection of ebooks and databases, and a discussion of access vs. ownership.
LIBM 6035 School Library Advocacy
This online course prepares candidates with the advocacy, communication, and leadership skills and dispositions to position the school library program as an essential component of student learning. Candidates identify influential stakeholders, create targeted messaging such as talking points, an infographic, and an elevator speech, and apply library and education research to substantiate the value of school library programs and its staffing. Candidates practice grant writing, engage in legislative advocacy, and create a library webpage for parents. As a culminating assignment, candidates develop a multi-year advocacy plan with communication strategies to use with school administrators and other stakeholders.
LIBM 6045: Tools for Technology-Enabled Learning, Grades K-8 (choose either this course or 6075)
Teacher librarians engage technology-enabled learning through the use of current technology tools by examining, evaluating, and implementing a variety of technology-enabled resources for use in the school library setting. The course emphasizes librarians’ leadership roles for connecting students and teachers to appropriate instructional models that blend curriculum with communication and media tools. Students will create websites, practice using curation and presentation web tools, and learn advanced online searching strategies, while learning to embed inquiry and digital citizenship skills in K-8 instruction. This lab-centered course assists librarians in creating an accessible, practical and successful media program in which technological instructional tools are a seamless, integral part of the school.
LIBM 6055: Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
Focusing on the instructional role of teacher librarians, candidates develop units of instruction and individual lesson plans and delivery strategies for library programs, to deepen institutional collaboration between the classroom teacher and teacher-librarian and increase student learning. Using curriculum mapping tools, candidates develop standards-based instructional plans around school-wide and individual classroom curricular needs as well as single or small group student instructional needs. Candidates also develop the assessment and evaluation tools that demonstrate the library’s role in student achievement. The course includes strategies of leadership to maximize the library program’s role in increasing student achievement.
LIBM 6065 School Library Administration
Candidates learn communication and management skills to plan and implement policies and procedures for an effective school library program, including writing mission and vision statements; scheduling virtual and physical library spaces, instruction, and activities; and providing equitable access to resources and technologies (including BYOD and 1:1 strategies). Using standards and best practices, candidates study library space planning and design; learn enhancement strategies to improve the library’s virtual presence including social media tools; and apply librarian self-assessment and program evaluation tools. This course incorporates classroom management and creating a welcoming environment for all students for making, creating, and learning.
LIBM 6075 Digital Leadership for Secondary Learning, Grades 6-12 (choose either this course or 6045)
Teacher librarians in secondary schools provide leadership in the use of technology by teaching both students and teachers to use advanced search and web tools for citation, curation, and organization. Candidates examine inquiry and information literacy models and curricula that include digital citizenship. They study secondary level databases, OERs, makerspace tools, and appropriate career and college resources. Candidates also study the educational and psychological impacts of social media and technologies. Creating a welcoming physical and virtual place to address the educational, social, and emotional needs of teens, including clubs and student advisory groups is discussed.
LIBM 6085: Selections for Collections: Children’s/YA Literature and Reading Advocacy
This course examines children’s and young adult literature appropriate for today’s K-12 school library using a cultural framework to develop critical standards for selecting library material. Online and print selection sources and criteria provide varied lenses for expanding participants’ literary worldviews, emphasizing a multicultural and global focus for collection consideration. Reading advocacy [tools] and promotional activities address author studies and visits, genrefication, literary genres and awards, and selection alignment with CCSS, NGSS, and SEL standards. Library candidates select recently-published, quality literature framed within Antioch’s mission lens of social justice in order to become reading advocates for all patrons.
LIBM 6095 Ethical and Legal Issues in the School Library
Candidates will explore four legal issues that school librarians face, together with corresponding ethical dilemmas: 1) copyright and fair use; 2) minors’ privacy in the school library; 3) ) intellectual freedom including the First Amendment, filtering, self-censorship, and challenges to library and classroom resources; and 4) barriers to equitable access to library resources and services. Candidates will review relevant legal requirements; consider ethical implications in school library situations; seek guidance in the professions’ core principles and policy statements; query experts and practicing school librarians regarding ethical issues, including blogging, virtual meetings, and other social media tools; and determine best practices for today’s dynamic educational environment.
For detailed degree requirements and course descriptions, please visit the AUS catalog.
Students who complete this program can find careers as a/an:
- Public elementary, middle, or high school endorsed teacher librarian
- Independent school elementary, middle, or high school endorsed teacher librarian
- International teacher librarian, in school or program
Endorsement Leads to a Master’s Degree
Students may apply the 21 SLM endorsement credits toward earning a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) graduate degree at Antioch. Our MAEd requires 48 credits for completion.
How to apply
- Complete and submit the online admissions application.
- Submit a copy of your Washington State or reciprocal Teaching Certificate.
- Letter of Intent or Résumé (preferred) – Submit a brief essay describing why you are interested in this program or submit current Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV). Documentation of relevant professional and volunteer experience, professional affiliations, publications, and licensure.
All admission application supporting materials, transcripts, essays, etcetera, should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:
Antioch University Seattle
2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
|Fall 2020||October 5 – December 18, 2020|
|Winter 2021||January 4 – March 12, 2021|
|Spring 2021||April 5 – June 11, 2021|
|* Complete applications received after the registration period may be considered if space is still available in that quarter or will be reviewed for the next available term. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for additional important dates.|
Current quarter-credit tuition: $450/credit. Competitive pricing is available for regional, group cohorts with customized, on-site options. Contact Christie Kaaland, Program Director, [email protected] for more information.
Please note: Additional fees for all AUS programs may include charges for materials, late registration, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, and returned checks.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
A majority of AUS students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public, and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUS. A Financial Aid officer can work with you for additional options. Email or phone [email protected] or (206) 268-4010.
- The Washington Library Association offers scholarships from $500 to $1,000 to Washington Library Association members.
- AUS also lists available scholarships and grants on the Financial Aid page.
- Washington certified teachers might be eligible for an Educator Retooling Conditional Loan through the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.