Teacher Librarian​


Today’s school libraries are enriching media centers and the starting point for information acquisition and learning. By the same token, today’s teacher librarians must be prepared as dynamic leaders of instruction and information literacy.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 2 years Credits required for completion: 24 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Effective librarians are an essential part of any school setting. As leaders in technology, information, literacy and instruction, adequate preparation for any teacher librarian is essential. Teacher librarians are expected to participate in technology planning, to lead colleagues in professional development and instruction, as well as to promote information literacy and 21st century skills for students.

As one of the top rated school library programs in Colorado, our Teacher Librarian endorsement gives you a well-rounded education in both 21st century Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards in addition to leadership competencies. This program encourages active learning by adhering to the constructivist theory of resource-based learning, teacher leadership, instructional coaching and media literacy. CU Denver provides a versatile balance, educating you as a teacher as well as a librarian; which is a combination advocated for by the American Library Association and the International Association of School Libraries.

You’ll be prepared to provide leadership and guidance to students, staff members and others as they come to you for collaborative support. As today’s learning environment changes, so does the need for expertise in new learning techniques and technologies. Cultivate a library that is the central hub for learning for students and staff members. Be adept at integrating classic and traditional means of information access with modern approaches.

The next step in your successful career starts here. 

Mode of study

This endorsement is designed to fit your busy lifestyle and is offered completely online. For that reason, students need an email account and access to high speed internet at work or at home. Software purchases, in addition to textbooks, may be required.


Faculty at CU Denver match your passion for becoming a librarian and believe in giving all students equal access to an excellent education. Engaged in education at the local, state, national and international levels, these professionals bring with them a wide breadth of experience. Additionally, our faculty network and collaborate with local school library leaders to ensure you are prepared for the current challenges that schools and districts face.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a teacher librarian. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the top 50 “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” according to U.S. News & World Report.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.