School Library Teacher Licensure (Post-Master's)
School library teachers work with students and teachers to provide access to global information resources, technology instruction for research and project-based learning, and to ignite students' interest in reading. The school library teacher instructs students on how to access, evaluate, and use information. They teach 21st century skills which encompass inquiry-based learning in which students develop skills, dispositions, responsibilities for learning, and self-assessments.
As reported in the 2012 Library Journal's Placement and Salaries Survey, schools today are placing an increased emphasis on instruction and information literacy using the latest technological tools ranging from mobile devices to virtual knowledge centers. Today's teachers need to know how to use a variety of e-learning digital management systems. School library teachers well-suited to lead the way to participate in curriculum development, technology integration, and literacy initiatives in the K—12 and higher education learning environment.
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) endorses our program and external accrediting agencies commend us on the program's outstanding quality.
In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education cooperate with every state and the District of Columbia through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement which facilitates the movement of educators among the states. This Agreement makes reciprocal licensure/certification possible among states. Specific reciprocal requirements vary from state to state. (Individual state departments of education must be contacted to learn specific state requirements.) As a Master's Degree program endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, graduates of the School Library Teacher Program can participate in the benefits of this Agreement. If you are from outside Massachusetts, however, please check with your state's department of education.
- Elementary school librarian: Develop a love of reading and appreciation for books in children as they begin their education.
- School library teacher: Instructing students in best practices for finding and using library resources, such as reference books, encyclopedias, and the Internet.
- Secondary school librarian: Providing services for middle and high school aged students including class support, computer instruction, as well as college and scholarship opportunities.
- Curriculum development and literacy specialist: Identify resources to support the school's efforts to meet standards in all subject areas.