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Course Requirements

Core Requirements9 units
EDUC 571
Curriculum Foundations
EDUC 572
Advanced Educational Psychology
EDUC 573
Philosophy/Ethics and History of Education
Concentration Requirements30 units
LIB 500
School Library Media Center Management
LIB 505
Selection, Evaluation, and Management of Learning Resources
LIB 510
Learning Resources for Elementary Schools
LIB 515
Learning Resources for Secondary Schools
LIB 520
Organization and Cataloging of Learning Materials/Resources
LIB 525
Information Retrieval and Reference Services
LIB 530
School Library-classroom Partnerships
LIB 535
Library Media Technologies
LIB 540
Current Topics in School Media Centers
LIB 550
Field Experiences for the Teacher Librarian/Capstone*/**
Approved transfer units3–6 units
Total39 units

*Students must complete six LIB courses prior to taking LIB 550.
**Fieldwork is required in both elementary and secondary settings.

Additional Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to be online for the online program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time or designated time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary throughout each nine-week course.

Will I have to complete any part of my Online School Librarianship program at an APU campus location?
No. You can complete your library degree program entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.

How do I get started?
Online programs may include requirements, procedures, and policies unique to the university’s more traditional programs. For more information on how to get started in an APU online program, please contact one of our recruitment counselors at (800) 825-5278 or at

How many units do I take each semester?
Half-time students take at least 3–6 units every nine-week term. Most candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Academic advising is highly recommended to determine the course load required.

How long is a semester?
All courses are offered in accelerated nine-week semester terms in fall and spring. For summer, the term is six weeks.

How many students will be in my classes?
In order to create a dynamic online environment, average class size in this program ranges from 12–15 students.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?
No, this program does not require a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project. However, a research project is required in the final course.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be finished in one year. However, it can take longer; therefore, academic advising is highly recommended and especially helpful in determining what is suitable for the individual based on personal schedule and content of the current class.

Are scholarships available?
Several types of financial aid, ranging from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships, are available. Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.