M.A. in School Librarianship with an Embedded Teacher Librarian Services Credential
This online master’s degree is offered in conjunction with the Teacher Librarian Services Credential. The school librarianship program is for credentialed teachers who seek to earn a Teacher Librarian Services Credential as well as a master’s degree in the same field. The master’s degree can be obtained by completing two additional courses beyond the required credential courses.1 Teacher librarians serve as school and district librarians and media specialists. This program is offered completely online.
Admission to the Master of Arts in School Librarianship program is required.
This program prepares librarian services teachers to work as librarians and media specialist/technology experts in K-12 school libraries in California, across the nation, and around the world.
|LIB 555||Foundations of Librarianship||3|
|LIB 560||Research in Librarianship||3|
|LIB 500||School Library Media Center Management||3|
|LIB 505||Collection Development in School Libraries||3|
|LIB 510||Learning Resources for Elementary Schools||3|
|LIB 515||Learning Resources for Secondary Schools||3|
|LIB 520||Organization and Cataloging of Learning Materials/Resources||3|
|LIB 525||Information Retrieval and Reference Services||3|
|LIB 530||School Library-Classroom Partnerships||3|
|LIB 535||Library Media Technologies||3|
|LIB 540||Current Topics in School Media Centers||3|
|LIB 550||Field Experiences for the Teacher Librarian 1||3|
|Approved transfer units||3-6|
|LIB 545||Information, Transliteracy, and Digital Multiple Environments 2||3|
Fieldwork is required in elementary and secondary settings.
Students who complete LIB 545 receive a Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacy.
NOTE: Classes are offered only once per year. Program offers multiple start terms per year.
- Candidates must pass a Praxis exam with a minimum score of 150 to demonstrate their competency as teacher librarians prior to completion of the program. Learn more on the Praxis website.
- Proof of valid prerequisite California teaching credential that requires a program of professional preparation including student teaching.
- English Language Authorization.
- Look for a letter of admission from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions after submitting the application form. This letter includes instructions for registering for the applicant’s first courses.
- Students may not enroll in more than 7 units per 8-week session.
- Students must sign up for Taskstream by Watermark.
- A Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer that meets minimum requirements—contact the program director for specifications.
- Internet service provider
- Email account
Other equipment, such as a digital camera or webcam, may be needed with certain courses and student-selected projects.
- Current operating system (Mac: OS X; PC: Windows XP or newer)
- Latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Office
NOTE: For information regarding other credentials and degree programs for teachers, visit the School of Education website.
University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Articulate philosophical, theoretical and ethical foundations of library and information science and link them to best practices
- Develop and implement equitable policies that facilitate selection, acquisition, organization, circulation and maintenance of resources for diverse, global, digital societies
- Demonstrate commitment to serving diverse communities, including marginalized populations
- Demonstrate proficiency and fluency in new and emerging digital technologies
- Create programming, including information literacy, and activities that meet the needs of 21st C. libraries and teach diverse users to be ethical, discerning consumers of information
- Identify and analyze information needs using critical thinking, integrating theoretical models, and engaging in research that leads to best practices
- Demonstrate skills in management, organization, and evaluation; teaching; interpersonal and intercultural relationships, including conflict management
- Demonstrate leadership and advocacy in the field of library and information science and participate in ongoing professional development
- Demonstrate understanding of selection, acquisition, organization, copyright and licensing, preservation, and dissemination of recorded knowledge and information resources
- Promote and model professional values of ethical responsibility, intellectual freedom, and universal access to information