Library Media Program Admission

Library Media Endorsement applicants must be enrolled in a teacher education program or be a licensed teacher and have a minimum GPA of 2.75. The application form is used by both the University of Montana-Missoula and the University of Montana-Western to determine eligibility for admission to the program, which is jointly offered by UM-Missoula and UM-Western.

Both UM-Missoula and UM-Western contribute to the lineup of program courses. Applicants select either UM-Missoula or UM-Western as their "home" institution by requesting admission status there. While instructors at both campuses teach the courses, students will always register and pay for the courses at their home institution.  Courses in this program are all online and require consent of instructor for registration.

Applicants select either UM-Missoula or UM-Western as their "home" institution by requesting an undergraduate degree admission status there; a non-degree admission status is requested at the institution not designated as the home institution. The endorsement will be recorded and any financial aid will be administered by the home institution.  Students are required to pass the Praxis test for Library Media Content to receive the endorsement from OPI.

Students who wish to apply to a master’s degree program should use this form and the UM-Missoula Graduate School application form. The graduate program requires additional application materials. Please consult that website for additional information.

Application Process

Assemble a complete application packet consisting of:

  • Application Packet for Admission to the Online Library Media Program.    Applicants should download the application, print, complete and mail to the address below. Emailed applications are acceptable to start the application process.
  • Transcripts. Official transcripts of all enrollments at accredited colleges/universities other than UM-Missoula or UM-Western. If these documents are already on file at UM-M or UM-W, please note this on the application. Enclose unofficial transcripts of any enrollment at UM-M or UM-W (these are available online).
  • Application Fee. An application fee of $30 (check or money order made out to the University of Montana) must be included for students who are not previously enrolled at a unit of The University of Montana (UM-Missoula, UM-Western, Montana Tech, UM Helena COT).

Submit the complete application packet at least two months in advance of the first semester to:

Tava Smathers 
Director and Instructor  K-12 Teacher Librarian Endorsement Program
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences
Department of Teaching and Learning
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
406-243-6192
tava.smathers@mso.umt.edu