Librarian Certificate Program Overview

The Leadership in P-12 Library Programs Graduate Certificate serves three key goals for the advancement of school librarians:

  • Provide a foundation for school librarians who are not endorsed as a certified school librarian or are hired as a classified school library manager or paraprofessional
  • Increase demonstrated focus around teaching and learning skills as a young adult or children's public librarian to impact student achievement and support collaborative partnerships with schools in your community. 
  • Update current librarians’ skills based on the Colorado State Library’s competencies for the Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries (HESTL) program.
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Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Leadership in P12 Library Programs Graduate Certificate

Offered By:

University of Colorado Denver


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Program Details

Over the course of the certificate, participants will develop competencies in four key areas as identified by the Colorado State Libraries’ Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries (HESTL) program: planning, instructional partnerships, leadership and library management. The 21st century school library skills developed over the course of this certificate include:

  • Goal setting
  • Collaboration
  • Instructional delivery strategies
  • Literacy development
  • Special programming and program marketing
  • School leadership and administrative support
  • Resource and collection development
  • Technology integration
  • Media literacy and learning-focused integration of technology

Certificate Structure
The certificate is designed as a four‐course sequence. These four courses meet and enable librarians working with P12 students to better understand essential culturally responsive learning skills, digital pedagogy, information and media literacy, and the integration of learner-focused technology.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

Tuition is determined based on which CU Denver program is chosen, undergraduate or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


The certificate consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. You may join into the certificate at any point in the sequence.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

Example Courses
SCHL 5030 — Cultivating Learning Skill in Library Leadership
In an increasingly shifting world and work force, both our students and adults will need to demonstrate learning skills to thrive in K-12 and postsecondary world. Librarians are guides for students and staff in ALL learning skills. Collaboration, innovative thinking, critical thinking and are areas of library leadership covered.
SCHL 5160 — Managing School Libraries
This course discusses 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.
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.
SCHL 5200 — Promoting Literature in Schools
This course 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 towards appropriate reading and media resources, and the promotion of multiple literacies including information, new media and transliteracy.