Graduate Certificate, Digital Teacher Librarian

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: CU Denver 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 Digital Teacher Librarian 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.

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Application Guide


  • SCHL 5160 - Managing School Libraries 3 credits
  • SCHL 5030 - Leading School Libraries 3 credits
  • SCHL 5200 - Promoting Literacy through Libraries 3 credits
  • SCHL 5913 - K-12 Field Experience 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 year

Required Credits for Completion:12

Admission Requirements

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 graduate students, please reach out to your academic advisor to add a certificate to your current degree program.

How to Apply

Please complete the Graduate Continuing and Professional Education Admissions application to apply for this certificate program. Complete the application sections in order for the best experience.

  1. Welcome page:
    • Are you applying for a School of Education and Human Development certificate?
      Select “Yes”
    • Please Select a Program
      Select “Graduate CPE Non-degree”
    • Term: Select the term you wish to enroll
      Note: The admit term should match the term you plan to start. If courses have already started for the current term, your will begin courses from the next available term.
  2. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing to the "Biographic Info" section and then continue the rest of the application as instructed.

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