Library Media Program with UVA-Wise


This program is designed for licensed teachers who wish to add an endorsement as a school library media specialist.

Library Media Program (LMP) with UVa-Wise leading to Endorsement

Qualified applicants will be admitted to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Endorsement Program after review and approval of their credentials. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVa-Wise) offers a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)-approved library media program leading to endorsement in Library Media PreK-12. The program will consist of 15 undergraduate credits from UVa-Wise, plus an additional 12 graduate credits from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education (only 9 hours if technology standards have been met). It is also possible to transfer in courses with advisor permission.

Course Structure

The program is provided in a cohort format with each course offered once in the cycle. The LIB courses through UVa-Wise are taught via synchronized online meetings. The EDIS courses through UVa Curry will be taught asynchronously online.

Why Library Media at UVa and UVa-Wise

  • All courses are taught by top-tier UVa and UVa-Wise faculty members.
  • Our intimate class sizes allow for ease of interaction and robust sharing of ideas.
  • Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of completely online learning using engaging state-of-the-art online instructional techniques.

Career Opportunities

Public or private school librarian
Positions in public libraries

Program Details


  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Students interested in taking UVa-Wise courses must be formally admitted into the LMP. Contact Linda Davidson (librarymedia@uvawise.edu) or Linda Linnartz (linnartz@virginia.edu) for an application and additional information.

    Non-degree students do not need to be formally admitted into the LMP to take UVa-Curry EDIS courses as individual open-enrollment courses. Students may register by filling out an online Non-Degree Student form

    Additional information on professional learning opportunities at UVa-Curry.

  • Application Due Date

    Students may apply for the LMP at UVa-Wise at any time during the year. Students must formally be admitted into the program to take courses at UVa-Wise.

    Non-degree students do not need to be formally admitted into the LMP to take UVa-Curry EDIS courses as individual open-enrollment courses. Students may register by filling out an online Non-degree Student form.

  • Degree Requirements

    Students have the option of completing all of the courses for this endorsement in one year: fall, spring, summer. Students may also take courses at their own pace. Once a student has completed the requirements set forth by the VDOE, UVa-Wise will assist with the necessary paperwork required by VDOE so that the endorsement will be added to the student’s teaching license.

  • Funding Opportunities

    Tuition information for UVa Curry students. Curry offers a discounted rate to K-12 educators.

    Financial Aid is available through UVa-Wise for both Wise and UVa courses for those who are formally admitted into the UVa-Wise LMP and taking 6 credits per semester.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Full time - 3 consecutive terms, may enter at any term: fall, spring, summer
    Part-time - self-paced

  • Course Overview

    Fall

    LIB 3100-41:Reference & Bibliography
    EDIS 5409: Children’s Literature - Library Media Specialist
    EDIS 5410: Young Adult Literature
    EDIS 7010: Computer Courseware Tools
    TBD - LIB 3940: Internship in School Library Service *

    Spring

    LIB 3200-41: Technical Services
    EDIS 5409: Children’s Literature - Library Media Specialist
    EDIS 5410: Young Adult Literature
    TBD - LIB 3940: Internship in School Library Service *

    Summer

    LIB 3300-41: School Library Administration
    EDIS 5410: Young Adult Literature
    EDIS 7010: Computer Courseware Tools
    TBD - LIB 3940: Internship in School Library Service *

    * Students may work as a Library Media Specialist for one year on a provisional license in lieu of the internship. Check with your school division to determine if this is an option for you.

    Upon  successful completion of Program requirements, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise program administrator will recommend candidates to the Virginia Department of Education  as a program completer eligible for the PreK-12 Library Media endorsement.

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Library media specialist in public or private schools.

    Positions in public and private libraries, particularly as a librarian of children sections.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.