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School Library and Information Technology, M.A.

School of Education

The Teacher Librarian Program offers coursework leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree with a school library and information technology emphasis. The effective teacher librarian (also known as school librarian, library media teacher, and library media specialist) works collaboratively with classroom teachers to develop and implement standards-based learning experiences for diverse student populations; selects, organizes, manages, and promotes the use of learning resources in all formats; and instructs students and staff in the critical evaluation, appropriate access, and effective use of information.

The mission of the Teacher Librarian Program at Fresno Pacific University is to prepare professional educators to develop and maintain high quality library media and curricular programs by serving as information and technology specialists, instructional leaders, and collaborative partners in K-12 schools.

The Master of Arts coursework builds upon the teacher librarian credential coursework by guiding candidates in the development of a written thesis focused on original research related to the school library program.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC www.ctc.ca.gov) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Fully online program allows candidates to complete coursework on their own schedule and from any location
  • Rigorous and relevant course content focused exclusively on the school library program with a strong emphasis on collaboration, teaching, and the use of educational technology
  • Courses taught by experienced and accomplished teacher librarians
  • Emphasis on community and connection to the broader teacher librarian network
  • Supportive and caring faculty

Catalog

Program Director: Julie Lane, Ed.D. and Katie McNamara, M.A.

Overview

The Teacher Librarian Program offers coursework leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree with a school library and information technology emphasis. The effective teacher librarian (also known as school librarian, library media teacher, and library media specialist) works collaboratively with classroom teachers to develop and implement standards-based learning experiences for diverse student populations; selects, organizes, manages, and promotes the use of learning resources in all formats; and instructs students and staff in the critical evaluation, appropriate access, and effective use of information.

The mission of the Teacher Librarian Program at Fresno Pacific University is to prepare professional educators to develop and maintain high quality library media and curricular programs by serving as information and technology specialists, instructional leaders, and collaborative partners in K-12 schools.

The Master of Arts coursework builds upon the Teacher Librarian Services Credential coursework by guiding candidates in the development of a written thesis focused on original research related to the school library program.  A minimum of 37 semester units are required for a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in school library and information technology.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying bachelor’s degree, minimum GPA 3.0
  • Letter of explanation for GPA below 3.0
  • One current Graduate Reference form (within one year)

Program Student Learning Outcomes

2A. Candidates demonstrate the ability to use a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools, including current and emerging technologies, to design, develop and implement standards-based learning experiences independently and in collaboration with teachers and other members of the educational community.

2B. Candidates apply knowledge of learners and learning to design instruction based on Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools, other academic content standards, learners’ interests and learning needs, and to link assessment to student achievement.

2C. Candidates demonstrate the ability to contribute to the professional development of their colleagues and the betterment of their schools.

3A. Candidates promote reading for learning, personal growth and enjoyment.

3B. Candidates collaborate with educational partners to support student learning.  Candidates develop multiple literacies throughout all disciplines.

3C. Candidates use a variety of strategies and resources (print, media, and digital) to reinforce literacy instruction in addressing the diverse needs and interests of all readers.

3D. Candidates know about a wide range of children’s, young adult, adult, professional literature and informational text in diverse formats and languages.

4A. Candidates model and promote ethical and equitable access to and use of physical, digital and virtual collections by students and staff.

4B. Candidates know a variety of information sources and services that support the needs of diverse educational communities.

4C. Candidates use various research strategies to improve teacher librarian practice.

5A. Candidates demonstrate the ability to articulate and advocate for effective school library programs and positive learning environments that focus on student learning and achievement by collaborating and connecting with the school and greater educational community.

5B. Candidates model and communicate current legal and ethical codes of the profession.

5C. Candidates participate in and are committed to continuous learning and professional growth.

5D. Candidates have the skills to provide instructional and professional leadership, including professional development, which can positively impact the school library program and student achievement.

6A. Candidates analyze best practices to plan, develop, budget for, implement, and assess school library programs, policies, procedures, and services in support of the school’s mission and according to the ethics and principles of library and information science.

6B. Candidates display the skills to supervise and evaluate classified staff, student library assistants, and volunteers.

6C. Candidates demonstrate the ability to evaluate and select physical, digital and virtual resources using a selection policy, professional selection tools, and evaluation criteria.

6D. Candidates have the skills to develop and manage a quality collection designed to meet the diverse curricular, cultural, personal, and professional needs of the school community.

6E. Candidates demonstrate the ability to organize the collection according to standard library cataloging and classification principles.

7A. Candidates effectively instruct all learners.

7B. Candidates demonstrate the ability to provide a library program that is appropriate for the diverse needs, interests, capabilities, and socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds of all learners.

7C. Candidates provide equitable access to resources.

7D. Candidates promote the appreciation of diversity among members of the school community.

10A. Candidates demonstrate their knowledge of information and digital literacy, including the nature, architecture, and cycle of information, technology resources and tools.

10B. Candidates model information literacy, including how to access, evaluate process, use, integrate, generate, and communicate information.  Candidates demonstrate competency in transliteracy.

10C. Candidates articulate how formats and communication channels impact information and how information and ideas are processed and transformed using digital tools.

10D. Candidates model and communicate the ethical, legal and safe use of information and technology, including digital citizenship.

11A. Candidates demonstrate the ability to design and provide curriculum in information and digital literacy to enable students to process information purposefully, ethically and effectively using both traditional and digital methods.

11B. Candidates demonstrate the ability to assess student interactions and learning and develop interventions to optimize student learning.

11C. Candidates implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate content instruction, including different formats and venues (e.g., face-to-face, distance learning, and other digital environments) for diverse student populations.

Locations Offered

Online

Semester Starts

Candidates may begin the program in the fall or the spring semester. The program can be completed in 3-3.5 years.

Required Courses (37 Units)

  • LIB 705 - Information Technologies Credits 3
  • LIB 710 - Instructional Partnerships Credits 3
  • LIB 715 - Administration of the School Media Center Credits 3
  • LIB 720 - Selection and Organization of Learning Resources Credits 3
  • LIB 725 - Information Services Credits 3
  • LIB 732 - Evaluation and Promotion of Children’s Literature Credits 3
  • LIB 736 - Evaluation and Promotion of Young Adult Literature Credits 3
  • LIB 740 - Digital Literacy Technologies Credits 3
  • LIB 792 - Field Studies in School Librarianship Credits 3

Master of Arts Core

  • ED 779 - Values in School and Society Credits 3
  • EDRH 794 - Thesis Introduction and Literature Review Credits 3
  • EDRH 795 - Research Methods in Education Credits 3
  • EDRH 796 - Thesis Completion Credits 1

Possibilities Await
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First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | sfs@fresno.edu.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Letter of Explanation if below 3.0
  • One current (within one year) Graduate Reference forms
  • Orientation interview with program director
  • Valid CA teaching credential (for credential only)
  • Verification of passing CBEST (for credential only)

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $705
Teacher Education $705
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $720
KIN $570
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $690
Teacher Education $690
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $710
KIN $560

* Fall 2020 & later cohorts

Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

  • School Librarian
  • Technology Coach
  • Professional Development Provider

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center