School Library Media Program for Pre K - Adult
An Online State-Approved Endorsement Program


Program Overview:

1. The online School Library Media Program's primary purpose is to address the shortage of certified School Library Media Specialists in West Virginia and elsewhere.
2. The online courses are an endorsement program, which can only be added to an existing teaching certification. Successful completion of the courses can also serve as a second teaching specialization for pre-service teachers. The program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. Our online program also meets the requirements for several other states' school library media certification, including Pennsylvania. To find out if this program meets your own state's requirements for school library media certification, please contact your county's board of education office.
3. The entire program consists of 24 credit hours, including a clinical experience.
4. This online program is offered through a web-based software package called WebCT.
5. The online courses may require 1-2 on-campus meetings, depending on the instructor. On-campus meetings are scheduled on Saturdays.


Course Requirements:

LIBS 1105 Introduction to Libraries
LIBS 2200 Reference & Bibliography
Either LIBS 2209 Library Materials for Children (elementary),
          or LIBS 2210 Library Materials for Adolescents (secondary)
LIBS 3302 Cataloging & Classification
LIBS 3303 Technologies & the Library
LIBS 3304 Organization & Administration
LIBS 3305 Libraries in the Educational Process
LIBS 4400 Library Practice
All courses are 3 credit hours. (Total credit hours: 24)

Job Opportunities:

According to the American Library Association, the world’s largest professional association for librarians, currently employed librarians are retiring at a faster rate than new librarians are entering the field.  Job opportunities in this field are good for the next decade.  Graduates who complete the School Library Media Program are eligible to work in preK-12 school libraries in West Virginia and other states.  Graduates who complete the Minor in Library Science will be well prepared to enter into a Master’s program in Library Science or to work at the assistant level in a public or university library.