Master of Arts in School Librarianship with an Embedded Teacher Librarian Services Credential (Online)

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.

Mission Statement

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.


Core Requirements
LIB 555Foundations of Librarianship3
LIB 560Research in Librarianship3
Concentration Requirements
LIB 500School Library Media Center Management3
LIB 505Collection Development in School Libraries3
LIB 510Learning Resources for Elementary Schools3
LIB 515Learning Resources for Secondary Schools3
LIB 520Organization and Cataloging of Learning Materials/Resources3
LIB 525Information Retrieval and Reference Services3
LIB 530School Library-Classroom Partnerships3
LIB 535Library Media Technologies3
LIB 540Current Topics in School Media Centers3
LIB 550Field Experiences for the Teacher Librarian 13
Approved transfer units3-6
Optional Elective
LIB 545Information, Transliteracy, and Digital Multiple Environments 23
Total Units36-39

NOTE: Classes are offered only once per year. Program offers multiple start terms per year.

Additional Requirements

  • Candidates must pass a Praxis exam with a minimum score of 135 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.

Laptop Requirements

  • 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.

Software Requirements

  • 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate philosophical, theoretical and ethical foundations of library and information science and link them to best practices
  2. Develop and implement equitable policies that facilitate selection, acquisition, organization, circulation and maintenance of resources for diverse, global, digital societies
  3. Demonstrate commitment to serving diverse communities, including marginalized populations
  4. Demonstrate proficiency and fluency in new and emerging digital technologies
  5. 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
  6. Identify and analyze information needs using critical thinking, integrating theoretical models, and engaging in research that leads to best practices
  7. Demonstrate skills in management, organization, and evaluation; teaching; interpersonal and intercultural relationships, including conflict management
  8. Demonstrate leadership and advocacy in the field of library and information science and participate in ongoing professional development
  9. Demonstrate understanding of selection, acquisition, organization, copyright and licensing, preservation, and dissemination of recorded knowledge and information resources
  10. Promote and model professional values of ethical responsibility, intellectual freedom, and universal access to information