Graduate Certificate in Leadership for P-12 Library Programs

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Fully Online

Equips teacher librarians to lead the way in digital, media, and information literacy development in their schools and create an inclusive, future-ready learning culture for building essential student skills.

Application​ deadlines

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Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: Online

What you'll learn

Highly effective school libraries are learning hubs that facilitate student creativity, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills for their achievement and preparation for post-graduate success. Librarians are teacher-leaders who are needed to create and maintain collaborative partnerships with their colleagues, community leaders, students and their families. 

The University of Colorado Denver’s Leadership for P-12 Library Programs certificate prepares school librarians who are not endorsed as a certified school librarian with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish an inclusive learning community that ensures students have the ability to find, evaluate, create and communicate information. This certificate will update current librarians’ skills based on the Colorado State Library’s competencies for highly effective school library programs.

You will be prepared to:

  • Plan an effective library program
  • Design and implement lessons that integrate 21st century skills and state standards in collaboration with colleagues and community partners
  • Assess students’ abilities to find, evaluate, create and communicate information in a variety of media, and
  • Manage a diverse collection of materials in the library to promote both literacy and a love for learning.

Become a professional who helps schools thrive by creating a learning space that is inclusive, high-tech and effective for students and staff members. 


Faculty at CU Denver match your passion for professional success in libraries. Engaged in school library work 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 district leaders to ensure you are prepared for the current challenges that school libraries 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 library career. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value diversity and inclusion. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.


You will complete the following courses:

  • SCHL 5160 Managing School Libraries (3 credits)
  • INTE 5360 Critical Digital Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • Choose one:
    • SCHL 5200 Promoting Literacy through Libraries (3 credits) - or -
    • INTE 5300 Critical Digital Literacies (3 credits)
  • Choose one:
    • INTE 6840 Certificate-based Practicum (3 credits)
    • INTE 6720 Research in Learning Design & Technology (3 credits)
    • SCHL 5913 K-12 Field Experience (3 credits)

Sample Courses

  • SCHL 5160 - Managing School Libraries3 credits
  • INTE 5360 - Critical Digital Pedagogy3 credits
  • SCHL 5200 - Promoting Literacy through Libraries3 credits
  • INTE 5300 - Critical Digital Literacies3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 year

Required Credits for Completion:9

Admission Requirements

Effective Fall 2022, the Learning Design & Technology certificate programs will require a written letter of intent as part of the application process.

Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program.

Current grad students should reach out to their academic advisor if they want to add a certificate to their current program. Once they have spoken with their advisor, they can register for certificate courses.

How to Apply

Please complete the Graduate Non-Degree Admissions application to apply for this certificate program. Complete the application sections in order for the best experience.

  1. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing to the "Academic Interest" section
  2. Select the Certificate button
  3. Select either the On-Campus or Online certificate option. Please note that not all programs are offered as both on-campus and online
  4. Choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
  5. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed