Teacher Librarian Services Credential

This program allows admission in both Spring and Fall. 

  • The Spring 2025 application cycle opens August 1, 2024 and the CSULB Cal State Apply Application closes for Domestic Applicants November 1, 2024 
  • The Fall 2025 application cycle opens October 1, 2024 and the CSULB Cal State Apply Application closes for Domestic Applicants April 1, 2025

How to Apply
Statement of Purpose prompt, etc., and MyCED Program Application Deadline

Request to be added to the prospective student list for this program

Program Overview

The Teacher Librarian Services Credential Program is offered in a 100% online format. Teacher Librarian Field experiences will continue to be on-site whenever possible. 

The program is designed to prepare fully-qualified, outstanding teacher librarian professionals, and emphasizes meeting the information, educational technology and reading needs of diverse populations. It offers a Teacher Librarian Services Credential and a Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacies. 

The state-accredited program is based on the principles and philosophy of the American Association of School Librarians, emphasizing the information professional roles of teaching for learning, building the learning environment, and empowering learning through leadership.

The program is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity for diverse populations. Assignments, readings, and course objectives emphasize the importance of multicultural / multilingual programs and materials. Course delivery is provided in synchronous and asynchronous formats online. 

Candidates must apply by the published deadline, be admitted, and matriculate into the university in order to be eligible to complete the Teacher Librarian Services Credential. Admissions decisions are made at the program level by the faulty. Please see the Application Process for deadlines and requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Understand, research, articulate, and model the overall role of librarians in diverse learning communities. Students will be able to meet standards in the following areas of library services:

  • Apply knowledge of multicultural, ethical and legal issues pertaining to using ICT with the global community.
  • Synthesize leadership principles within the practice of information and educational technology.
  • Apply instructional design principles to locate, evaluate and develop educational materials.
  • Integrate theoretical perspectives to review, interpret, and apply research in learning technology.
  • Demonstrate effective written, electronic, and oral communications that reflect critical thinking and information literacy.
  • Design, develop, implement, and assess learning experiences.
  • Promote reading for learning, personal growth and enjoyment.
  • Organize collections according to standard library cataloging and classification principles.

Program Options


Students can earn this stand-alone advanced credential, which supplements a California initial teaching credential.

Please see the Eligibility page for details on what is required for admission consideration.

Students can also pursue a M.S. in Educational Technology and Media Leadership, which subsumes the credential work.

The Teacher Librarian Services credential program also fulfills the Special Class Authorization for Teacher Librarians, which is met by successfully taking the course ETEC 523.

Learn more about the ETEC 580: Field Experience for Students in the Teacher Librariain Services Credential program directly from the faculty, supervisors and students who have completed the course. 


For additional information related to professional licensure and certification related to this program, please see the CSULB Credential Center website.