Teacher Librarian Program
The fully online Teacher Librarian program at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science focuses on the skills needed for professional employment in K-12 school libraries, including collaboration, instructional strategies in information literacy and digital literacy, school leadership, and program administration.
Upon program completion, Teacher Librarian students who already hold a valid single or multiple subject credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) will be elgible to apply for their Teacher Librarian Services Credential in California. (Students outside California are advised to check with their state’s Department of Education.) The Teacher Librarian Services Credential is a second credential.
- NCATE-Accredited Coursework
The Teacher Librarian program coursework is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets the requirements for the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential.
- Field Experience Capstone Course
Teacher Librarian students complete a school field experience course, where they work in elementary and secondary school library settings. Emphasis is on observation and guided practice with a credentialed school librarian (library media teacher).
- Teacher Librarianship and MLIS
Students choosing to focus their studies in teacher librarianship have the option to earn a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science by completing just two additional courses (6 units).
Your Career Opportunities
The NCATE-accredited coursework in the fully online Teacher Librarian program prepares students for professional employment in K-12 school libraries.
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.
Job titles include: Teacher Librarian, School Media Specialist, Library Media Specialist, District Librarian, Library Media Teacher, and more!
Teacher Librarian students can also earn their Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree by completing six additional units. Students who earn their MLIS degrees are qualified for additional career opportunities outside of K-12.
Alumna Manlia Xiong (2012) is a Library Technician / Adjunct Librarian at Washington Unified School District / College of the Sequoias in Fresno, Calif. "Thanks to the Teacher Librarian Program with the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University, I was able to follow the guidelines set for that program and take courses that have enabled me to develop and strengthen my skills and knowledge in the library, the classroom, and in the community," said Xiong. Read more
Providing services to diverse communities has been an ongoing professional and academic focus for student Jade Torres-Morrison, who was promoted from Library Assistant to Middle School Library Media Specialist at Albuquerque Academy, which serves students in 6th through 12th grade in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read more
You can find more success stories at SLIS website.
Applying to the Program
Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester.
Teacher Librarian program applicants follow the same application process as MLIS applicants. Once admitted, new students self-enroll in the Teacher Librarian program.
- A Bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0
- A general understanding of computers and technology
- Access to a computer with Internet connection
- International applicants must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version) or 100 (Internet-based)
The School of Library and Information Science at San José State University does not require a GMAT or GRE test, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, or a resume.
For more information, please visit Teacher Librarian program website.