Become a School Librarian
Today’s school librarians empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information in multiple literacies. A school librarian's role includes becoming a leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator.
George Fox University's Library Media courses are a blend of short, intensive class meetings, engaging online classes, and on-site practica. Our summer classes meet at our Newberg campus (affordable housing is available for long-distance students); spring and fall classes are taught mostly online with two Saturday classroom seminars.
Students seeking the Oregon library media endorsement may declare Library Media as a specialization within their Master of Education program or complete the specialization courses as a license-only candidate to be recommended for a Library Media endorsement on their teaching license.
Three paths to becoming a school librarian
1. Complete the Library Media Endorsement (18 hours) through a combination of online classes and summer classes in Newberg (low-cost housing available.) Once you complete the library media courses and pass the School Library Media Specialist NES Exam, you can be recommended for the TSPC approved Oregon Library Media Endorsement.
2. Complete the Master of Education program with a Library Media Specialization. (36 hours) Once you complete the library media specialization courses and pass the School Library Media Specialist NES Exam, you can be recommended for the TSPC approved Oregon Library Media Endorsement.
3. Complete the Initial Teaching License in Library Media. Students who complete the coursework in this program and pass the NES School Library Media Specialist exam will be eligible for an Initial Teaching License in Library Media, PreK-12.