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Teacher Librarian Endorsement

Welcome to CU Denver and the #1 School Library program in Colorado!​ Our School Library program has changed dramatically in recent years to reflect changes in information and learning technologies. School libraries can and should be the heart of the school where students, staff, and administration look for collaborative support. Teacher Librarians are now called upon to help lead technology planning, instruction, and PD, as well as providing students resources to help them succeed in their studies.

The Teacher Librarian Leadership endorsement program within the ILT master's degree program is a revised and approved teacher librarian education program that leads to the Colorado Department of Education endorsement for teacher librarians. The program integrates 21st Century Learning Standards as approved by the American Association of School Libraries with Common Core content standards and leadership competencies. The program adheres to the constructivist theory of resource-based learning, teacher leadership, instructional coaching, and media literacy. The program believes that teacher librarians as endorsed by a state’s department of education require education as a teacher as well as a librarian, as advocated by the American Library Association and the International Association of School Libraries. As a teacher librarian, you will provide collaborative instructional planning, facilitation of professional learning, utilization of information literacy, online instructional resources, and teacher leadership through the management of your library program and online. Courses are offered in a completely online program.

Once admitted, students begin a plan of study that typically takes about two years to complete. Consult the program website for more information about specific plans of study, course offerings and expectations of cohort groups.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on undergraduate and graduate grades, external letters of recommendation and fit with the program as reflected in a letter of intent. In some cases, results of a test (GRE) are also required. Prospective students should consult the program website for complete admission procedures and requirements.

Professional Expectations

All students in the endorsement program are expected to show a strong commitment to the program and to maintain high academic, professional and ethical standards. Inappropriate or unprofessional conduct is cause for discipline or dismissal from the program.

Technology Expectations

The endorsement program uses computers and related technologies either as a focus or a tool for learning. Students are expected to obtain an e-mail account and check it frequently. In addition to on-campus facilities, students need convenient access to Internet-connected computers off campus, either at their place of work or at home. In addition to textbooks, software purchases may be required or recommended for specific classes.

Program Requirements

Students have a choice between completing the requirements for the teacher librarian endorsement only or the full master's program with the teacher librarian endorsement. The endorsement requires a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours while the master’s program requires 30 graduate credit hours. Students complete a plan of study consisting of courses and professional field experience. Students must be licensed as a teacher or plan to complete a teacher endorsement prior to seeking the additional endorsement as a Teacher Librarian. This is a Colorado Department of Education requirement.


Courses are offered only in certain semesters and courses should be taken in a particular sequence based on when you start the program. Advising is required prior to enrolling in a course, even as a non-degree student, in order to ensure the most effective course sequencing and availability of courses.

Download the plan of study for course requirements.

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