Libraries have become more than a place for books and studying. In a technological world, they serve as the hub of curiosity, innovation, and inspiration. By acquiring a Certificate in K-12 Library Media, you will be poised to navigate these resources and assist in how they fit within the educational construct. Design a powerful learning experience by combining information, technology, and your education expertise for the greater good of your school community.
This certificate is offered by AU Seattle
Skilled Library Media Specialists are in demand. You can become a Library Media Specialist with Antioch University Seattle’s Certificate in K-12 Library Media, a Washington state-approved, competency-based endorsement that provides skills and knowledge for developing a school library program centered around supporting students’ critical learning. The program combines minimal residency, in-class studies at Antioch University Seattle with the convenience of online learning. Upon completion, candidates are fully prepared to develop and implement a successful library program in the school.
There are two pathways to earn this endorsement. Apply for the certificate program, which will enable you to be eligible for financial aid. Or simply take the required courses for the endorsement. In either case, students who successfully complete the course sequence will be recommended for the endorsement.
- To earn the Washington State library media endorsement, candidates must hold a Washington State teaching certificate.
- Before completing the program, candidates must pass the WEST-E Library Media Test (code 042).
- Seven Antioch University Seattle school library courses are required; course content is based on Washington’s Library Media Competencies.
- A digital portfolio demonstrating evidence of the state competencies rounds out completion of the endorsement.
AUS recommends completion of the program within 4-5 quarters; candidates may enroll any quarter that courses are offered.
- Program and Collection Management
- Tech Tools for Teacher-Librarians
- Librarians as Curriculum and Assessment Leaders
- Selections for Collections: Children’s and Adolescent Library Materials
- Promoting a Leading School Library Program
- Information Literacy across the Digital Landscape
- Legal & Ethical Issues in School Libraries
- For detailed curriculum, 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
How to apply
- Please check back for application
- Submit a copy of your Washington State Teaching Certificate.
- Essay or Résumé – 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.
Current quarter-credit tuition: $450/credit.
Please note: Additional fees for all AUS programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks. Washington certified teachers might be eligible for scholarship through the Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program. Eligibility information and application information is available here.
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.