Required Coursework

The Teacher Librarian program coursework is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Teacher Librarian program requires the completion of 31 units, including the school library fieldwork capstone course. While not required, Teacher Librarian program students are encouraged to complete additional elective courses and earn their Master's Degree in Library and Information Science.

Please read the required coursework carefully. 

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Required Coursework for Teacher Librarian Candidates Entering Before Fall 2013

In fall of 2013, the San José State University Teacher Librarian program transitioned to new required coursework to meet new NCATE and California Teaching Credential Program Standards. Students who entered the program before fall of 2013 have the opportunity to complete the course of study as they had planned.

These courses are approved for the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential.  Please note that the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential also requires a pre-requisite California Professional Clear Credential, an English Language Authorization, and Basic Skills Competencies (CBEST).  

If you are interested in a Teacher Librarian Services Credential from a state other than California, 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

Please note that in January 2014, a change regarding the required number of units occurred. The Teacher Librarian credential in California now requires completion of 31 units. 

The required courses are listed below:

Core Courses:

Program, Curriculum and Technology:

Information Services and Materials Selection:

Capstone Course:

* Students may substitute LIBR 248: Beginning Cataloging and Classification for LIBR 210.

** Students may substitute LIBR 237: School Library Media Materials for LIBR 263 and LIBR 264 or LIBR 265.

 


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.

Please note that in January 2014, a change regarding the required number of units occurred. The Teacher Librarian credential in California now requires completion of 31 units.

Core Courses:

Program Curriculum and Technology:

Information Services and Materials:

Capstone Course:


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 LIBR 289 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science (e-Portfolio)  or LIBR 299 Thesis.

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

  • LIBR 210 Reference and Information Services
  • LIBR 240: Information Technology Tools and Applications
  • LIBR 241: Automated Library Systems
  • LIBR 246: Information Technology Tools and Applications – Advanced (Topic: Web 2.0)
  • LIBR 267: Seminar in Services to Youth - (Topic: Children and Information Technology, Intellectual Freedom)
  • LIBR 275: Library Services for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities
  • LIBR 281: Seminar in Contemporary Issues - (Topic: New Perspectives on Literacies, Transformative Learning and Technology, Story Telling)
  • LIBR 282 Seminar in Library Management - (Topic: Grant Writing)
  • LIBR 283: Marketing of Information Products and Services
  • LIBR 286: Interpersonal Communication Skills for Librarians
  • LIBR 298: Special Studies