There is no way I would have my 'dream job' now as a school librarian without the excellent preparation I received in the Teacher Librarian program at SJSU SLIS. -- Spring 2013 graduate
The fully online Teacher Librarian program at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science will prepare you for the next step in your teaching career as a library media specialist.
Graduates of the Teacher Librarian program at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science will emerge with a specialization in the functions and skills necessary for employment in K–12 schools including collaboration, technology leadership, and program administration.
As a Teacher Librarian – also referred to as a School Media Specialist – you’ll be a teacher, a librarian, and an instructional partner.
SJSU SLIS students can pursue both their teacher librarian credential and Master of Library and Information Science degree! Teacher Librarianship is one of the exciting career pathways students can follow within our MLIS program, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association.
The Teacher Librarian coursework is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets the requirements for the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential.
Candidates must have a Clear Professional Teaching Credential before applying for the Teacher Librarian Services Credential. You will not be eligible for the certification without a Clear Professional Credential even if you have completed SJSU SLIS coursework.
If you are interested in a Teacher Librarian Services Credential from a state other than California, you should check with that state's Department of Education for their requirements before undertaking this program. It is important to check with your home state to determine if they only require approved coursework or if they in fact expect you to meet all of the requirements for a CA Teacher Librarianship certificate. A sample question might be: "Do I have to complete a program making me eligible for a endorsement in the home institution state or is coursework sufficient?" If the answer is that you need to meet all of the requirements for a CA Teacher Librarian certificate, you will need the following:
- A valid California Professional Clear Credential
- Basic Skill Authorization
- English Language Learner Authorization
For more information about the Teacher Librarian program, please explore the left sidebar menu links. We invite you to also visit the following web pages:
- View a recording of the March 2014 Teacher Librarian program virtual open house.
- Visit the Teacher Librarianship Career Pathway web page for more information including required coursework, processes, and resources.
- Read about SLIS students enrolled in the Teacher Librarian program.
- Sign up to receive prospective student email announcements about our NCATE-accredited Teacher Librarian program.
Questions? Please contact Teacher Librarian Program Coordinator, Mary Ann Harlan. Dr. Harlan will be glad to answer your questions about the Teacher Librarian program.