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Teacher Librarian Services Credential

Teacher Librarian Services Credential

The Teacher Librarian Services Credential Program at CSULB 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 this year but in future years with possible face-to-face opportunities, to meet the needs of various communities.

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.

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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:

  • Teaching for learning
  • Literacy and reading
  • Information and knowledge
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Program administration
  • Universal access
  • Diversity and equity

Program Options

Teacher Librarian Services Credential

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

The credential pre-conditions of admission include: 

1. A valid California teaching credential that requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching or the equivalent, holds an English learner authorization, and has met the Basic Skills Requirement (or its equivalent, such as the CBEST); or

2. A valid, clear full-time designated subjects teaching credential or a clear career technical education credential (including adult education credential), provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, holds an English learner authorization, and has met the Basic Skills Requirement (or its equivalent, such as the CBEST).

Master of Arts in Education and Teacher Librarian Services Credential

Students can also pursue a Master of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Technology and Media Leadership degree, which subsumes the credential work.

Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacy

The Teacher Librarian Services credential program also fulfills the Special Class Authorization for Teacher Librarians, and currently offers ETEC 523 to that end, via CPIE.