Library Media Specialist Add-on Endorsement

When UVa-Wise’s courses are usually offered synchronized online in the evenings. UVa’s courses are offered asynchronously online.
Average Time to Complete The courses for the endorsement (minus the optional internship course), can be completed in one year if two courses are taken each semester (one from UVa-Wise and one from UVa). Students may take one course a semester if they choose to do so.

About the Program

UVA | Teacher Certification | Online – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVa-Wise), in partnership with UVa’s Curry School of Education, will offer a Virginia Department of Education approved library media program leading to an add-on endorsement in Library Media PreK-12.  The program consists of 15 undergraduate credits from UVa-Wise, plus an additional 12 graduate credits from the Curry School of Education (only 9 credit hours if the technology standards have been met).  This program is designed for licensed teachers in Virginia who wish to add an endorsement as a school library media specialist.  Qualified applicants will be admitted to the UVa-Wise endorsement program after review and approval of their credentials.

Career Paths

  • Public or private school librarian
  • Positions in public libraries

Courses & Requirements

18 Credit Hours; 24 Credit Hours if students need to take the 6 credit internship | Course Checklist

Students in this add-on library media endorsement program will learn the best and most effective ways to manage a school library.  They will become skilled in using instructional software and hardware as well as producing instructional materials to supplement classroom instruction.  Program completers will know how to select appropriate print-media materials for children and young adults and how to organize and process these materials.  They will learn how to serve as a resource person for students and professional staff in curriculum design and classroom instruction while effectively managing the school’s library-media center.  Most importantly, program completers will know and understand ways to get children excited about books and other forms of media.

Cost & Financial Aid

UVa Tuition & Fees:

K-12 Educator Discount Rate – $335/credit hour, in-state; $750/credit hour, out-of-state, including fees

Non-K-12 Educator Online Tuition, (same in-state and out-of-state):

$535/credit hour including fees

UVa-Wise Tuition & Fees:

$225/credit hour, instate; $921/credit hour, out-of-state, including fees

Additional cost information.

Students may apply for federal financial aid through UVa-Wise. Learn more about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

As a student of the University of Virginia, you will have access to:

How to Apply

Contact Linda Linnartz for an application fee and for additional program information.  The application includes 2 letters of recommendation, a statement of why the individual wants the endorsement, copies of transcripts and a copy of the student’s current Virginia teaching license.