Teacher Librarianship

Students choosing to focus their studies in Teacher Librarianship may receive an ALA–accredited MLIS Degree and the CAEP–accredited course work required to obtain the Teacher Librarian Services credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Unlike the other iSchool career pathways,  this pathway is a specialization that requires a student take specific courses to be eligible for the Teacher Librarian Services credential from the State of California. The courses are part of a pre–approved course of study from the CTC. 

If you are interested in a Teacher Librarian credential from a state other than California, you should check with that state's Department of Education for their requirements before undertaking this program to make sure the SJSU iSchool courses are accepted by that state.Teacher Librarianship Job Titles

The Teacher Librarian Services credential is a second credential; to be granted this credential a candidate must hold a valid single or multiple subject clear credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Candidates may choose to complete the MLIS and the Teacher Librarianship coursework prior to earning their first credential, but the application process for the Teacher Librarian Services credential cannot be initiated until the first credential is issued by the CTC.

Prospective students: Please see the MLIS and Teacher Librarianship Student Handbook for more information, processes, and resources for students seeking the MLIS and the Teacher Librarian Services Credential.

**IMPORTANT** For detailed information and communications on the content and process of the MLIS and Teacher Librarianship credential program at the iSchool, current iSchool students should ENROLL in the Teacher Librarian Credential  Advising site. All students interested in either finding out more or in pursuing this specialization MUST ENROLL in the Teacher Librarian Credential  Advising site as early as possible in their coursework. This Canvas site is open to all current iSchool students.

What Do Teacher Librarians Do?

Students in this specialization are prepared to manage libraries in all levels of K–12 schools. The jobs for these graduates are found across the spectrum of schools and at the district and state levels. While teacher librarians are often working solo in schools, they may also supervise technicians, assistants, and volunteers in the operation of K–12 libraries.

The teacher librarian impacts K–12 student outcomes by collaborating with teachers, working directly with students, championing reading, provide information–rich learning environments, and advocating for information literacy.

Students will emerge with a specialization in the functions and skills necessary for employment in K–12 schools including collaboration, technology leadership, and program administration.

Employment Options

Careers in teacher librarianship vary from small organizations with a single teacher librarian to complex organizations embedded within larger institutions providing services to thousands of students.

In addition to teacher librarian, typical positions are titled librarian, media specialist, district librarian, library media specialist, or library media teacher.

If they choose to do so, teacher librarians holding the MLIS degree have additional career options outside of K–12.

What Does It Take to be a Teacher Librarian?

The teacher librarian has to:

  • Be interested in and comfortable with the company of children and teenagers in schools.
  • Have a passion for teaching and the ability to create information–rich learning environments for students.
  • Be an advocate for students and libraries and be willing to accept responsibility for the information needs of students.
  • Be a life–long learner and model the practice of life–long learning by embracing technology and information resources.
  • Hold a valid teaching credential from the CTC before being awarded the Teacher Librarian Services credential.

Core Theory and Knowledge

The core theory and knowledge encompasses:

  • The vocabulary of education, libraries and information technology.
  • Key concepts relating to student outcomes, including service, marketing, budgeting, measurement and evaluation.
  • The ability to analyze and apply information policy.
  • The effective use of educational technology.
  • The ability to communicate with all levels of the organization as well as external stakeholders.
  • The political process and the impact of federal, state, and local policies on libraries and information organizations.
  • The ability to plan strategically, balance resources, and implement practical tactics to achieve educational goals.

Required Coursework for Teacher Librarian Candidates Entering Before Fall 2013

Core Courses:

These courses are approved for the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential. If you are interested in a Teacher Librarian credential from a state other than California, check with that state's Department of Education for their requirements before undertaking this program.

Program, Curriculum and Technology:

Information Services and Materials Selection:

Capstone Course:

 

Required Coursework for Teacher Librarian Candidates Entering Fall 2013 and Subsequent Semesters

These courses are approved for the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential. If you are interested in a Teacher Librarian credential from a state other than California, check with that state's Department of Education for their requirements before undertaking this program.

Core Courses:

Program Curriculum and Technology:

Information Services and Materials:

Capstone Course:

INFO 295 School Library Fieldwork (required for ALL Teacher Librarian program students)

Required Coursework for the MLIS

Students in our Teacher Librarian program have the option to complete additional elective courses and earn their ALA-accredited MLIS degree, expanding their career opportunities in the information professions. To complete the required 43 units of coursework for the MLIS degree, students add four more courses to the 31 units of required coursework for the Teacher Librarian Services Credential – nine more elective units and INFO 289 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science or INFO 299 Thesis.

Recommended Elective Courses for the MLIS in support of Teacher Librarianship:

Learn More

Learn more about this career, including insight from a faculty expert, in a blog post about the Teacher Librarianship pathway.

Read Community Profiles of students and alumni pursuing this career pathway.

Browse presentations by professionals working in teacher librarianship.

Search the Alumni Career Spotlights for alumni working in this field. Consider contacting an alum for an informational interview.

For someone interested in teacher librarianship, no other program matches the quality and value of the SJSU program. – MLIS graduate