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K-12 Library Media

A Career in School Libraries

Library media specialists work in libraries at secondary and elementary schools performing a wide variety of library management services including information literacy instruction, assisting students with research, acquisitions,  cataloging, and circulation. They are also known as teacher librarians or school librarians.


As of June 27th, OSPI has declared that for WA State certified teachers pursuing a Library Media Endorsement, it can be added by testing only. For additional information about the test process, please refer to the OSPI Certification web site  Certified teachers are still eligible to add endorsements via National Board Certification or through completion of an approved endorsement program. WAC 181-82A-204 does NOT apply to CTE or specialty area endorsements. However, you can still elect to take the prescribed coursework leading to a Library Media Certificate through Seattle Pacific University. You can start the Library Media course sequence in any quarter.

Highline College offers five classes and Seattle Pacific University offers one course, EDLR 5043. See below for additional course information.

Printable program information for prospective students - Certificate Program Overview

 All of the Highline classes are online. The course management system is Canvas.

When you decide to start the program please contact the Endorsement and Certificate Coordinator at Seattle Pacific University to start the Certificate Program application process and to indicate that you are taking classes with Highline. Email at and phone (206)281-2274.

This course is offered annually Fall Quarter, course information and registration is available beginning in August of every year:
1) Candidate must complete the WEST-E #042: Library Media exam ( and have official scores electronically submitted to SPU
2) Once completing plan of study and the exam, contact for a final file review and award of the Certificate. *Certificate processing fee will apply.

K-12 Library Media Certificate 27 credits


EDLR 5043 Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in School Library Media (SPU) 4 Fall  quarter
Highline courses: Course Descriptions  
LIBR 130 School Libraries 5 Winter quarter
LIBR 160 Computers in Libraries 5 Spring quarter
LIBR 178 Technical Services & Cataloging for Small Libraries 5 Fall quarter
LIBR 190 Library Administration and Management 5 Summer quarter
LIBR 195 Collection Development 3 Summer quarter
TOTAL: 27  
Recommended Electives (Credits do not apply towards the Endorsement):  
LIT 110 Children's Literature 5 varies
EDUC 210 Human Exceptionalities 5 varies

Information on Admissions:

Information on Registration and Tuition & Fee Costs:

Here is some information about how to get started online at Highline after you have registered:  

Online classes are taught through Canvas, a Course Management System.  You can learn more about using Canvas here (including some how-to videos):



Highline Community College students

Contact Information
Office hours:
Monday-Friday 10 am-3pm

Phone: (206) 592-3248