Graduate Certificate in Leadership for P-12 Library Programs

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Clasroom 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.

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.


SCHL 5030: Information Literacy

Teaching, assessment, and integration of information literacy skills. Reference collection development, policies and procedures, and use of and reference tools, including electronic resources. Emphasis is placed on standards-based collaborative planning and instruction with classroom teachers. 3 credits

SCHL 5160: Managing School Libraries

Case studies in the organization and administration of school library and instructional leadership of programs and projects. Topics include project management, personnel administration, budget development, management strategies, copyright and intellectual freedom. 3 credits

INTE 5360: Critical Digital Pedagogy

Critical Digital Pedagogy is an overview of the intersections between digital technology and critical pedagogy. The course focuses on theory, practice, design and leadership in digital learning, open education, and collaboration with the larger community of educators concerned with critical digital pedagogy.


INTE 5370: Open Pedagogy

Open Education is an overview of the open education and open pedagogy movement, both the ideology and practices associated with working in the commons. As knowledge creators and learning designers, students will gain a greater understanding of the rights and responsibilities of open access, open design, open educational resources, and the issues.

Choose one course:

INTE 5300: Media Literacy

In this course students learn to create, use, extend, and evaluate media products to support decision-making and real world problem-solving. Students also become more aware of the significant role of mass media, popular culture, and digital media in our lives. 3 credits


SCHL 5200: Promoting Literacy in Schools

Approaches the school library as a resource to promote literacy and development in children and young adults. Topics include genres of literature, methods for advising students toward appropriate reading and media resources, and the promotion of multiple literacies - information, new media and transliteracy. 3 credits


INTE 5000: Maker Studio

The maker studio is a collaborative practicum within the context of maker-culture, project-based learning, and learning experience design. The course focuses on the practical translation of learning design theory to learning design reality, presenting students with challenges to be resolved with creative solutions. 3 credits

Recommended Completion Time:1 year

Required Credits for Completion:9 Credits

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Read the instructions below:
    1. From the Admissions Dashboard click "Start New Application"
    2. Click the "Create Application" button
    3. Click the "Open Application" button
    4. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing on to the "Academic Interest" section
    5. Select the Certificate button
    6. Under the Non-Degree dropdown, select "Denver Non-Degree"
    7. Please choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
    8. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed
  2. Start your application here

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