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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development
 

MA, Information and Learning Technologies - School Library and Instructional Leadership


School librarians must add value to a school and contribute directly to the school’s goals and priorities. CU Denver’s School Library program is a nationally recognized NCATE-AASL Revised & Approved School Library Media Education program that leads to Colorado State endorsement for school librarians. The degree will prepare you with the information-technology, pedagogy, and leadership skills you need to help students and teaching colleagues succeed and adapt to the demands of today’s world of information and technology.​

In your courses, you will learn about integrating information and learning strategies, school library management, collection development, collaborative planning, learning technologies, and instructional leadership. You will experience resource-based learning that is immediately applicable to your work. You will complete the program with a portfolio of your work and practical ideas for your library. The portfolio, published on the Web, offers you the opportunity to bring your many projects and products together in an attractive way for prospective employers.

Our fully online program fits your schedule and your lifestyle. Courses are taught by real school librarians with real school library and leadership experience. Award-winning faculty teaching in the CU Denver School Library and Instructional Leadership program is committed to offering classes that serve the needs of today's graduate student.

To complete the School Library program, you will need reliable high-speed Internet access from home. Faculty and students use web-based applications like Instructure Canvas to complete coursework. For more information, visit CU Online's technical requirements page.

For additional information, contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at cpe@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-4985.​​

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This master's program requires the successful completion of 30 semester hours, including a field experience totaling 90 hours in school libraries for hands-on experience. Program outcomes are then demonstrated in your professional portfolio, which serves as the capstone experience - no thesis or written exam is required. Recent portfolios of graduating students can give you a sense of work required in courses.

Because the program is fully online, you will need a high-speed Internet connection and computer. Students will need to pass the School Librarian PLACE test (#42) in order to gain the School Librarian Endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education.

Although highly desired, a teaching certificate is not required for admission into the master’s program. Please consult your school, district, and state guidelines for local requirements for school and teacher librarians. Many districts and states offer teacher-in-residence programs and other paths to teacher endorsement. Colorado has reciprocal teaching agreements with 45 states to facilitate intrastate certification.

Successful completion of the ILT MA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. You can find detailed course requirements for the ILT MA degree here​.

If you obtained a teaching license through CU Denver's Graduate Teacher Education program, you are eligible to take our Curriculum and Instruction MA degree, a 30 graduate credit hour program. Students who have successfully completed the UCTE licensure program are not required to take INTE 6720 or the elective course. Students will need to complete the remaining 24 credits for the degree. You can find detailed course requirements for the Curriculum and Instruction MA degree here.

The Teacher Librarian endorsement requires the 30 credit hour MA as well as at least one year of teaching experience. The School Librarian endorsement requires only 24 credits (INTE 6720 and the elective course are not required) and no teaching experience. Please see CDE’s website​ for more information.

Related offerings include:

We also sponsor 21st Century Librarian Ning, a statewide resource for school librarians containing news and information items of interest to the Colorado professional community.

We participate actively in state organizations and conference, including TIE Colorado and CAL (Colorado Association of Libraries). Graduate credits are available for participation at these conferences.

Our students go on to work in a variety of professional roles, including:

School librarians

Teacher librarians

Library technology educators

Library consultants

Library media specialists

Educational Technology/Information Literacy teachers

Technology teachers

Staff developers

District administrators

University instructors

Contact us for more information; we would love to help you further your career!

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