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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.


  • 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

Career opportunities

  • School Librarian
  • Technology Coach
  • Professional Development Provider

Program director

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Katie McNamara

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education, Associate Program Director, Teacher Librarian Program

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • 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)

Course listing

Required Courses (37 Units)

LIB 705Information Technologies3
LIB 710Instructional Partnerships3
LIB 715Administration of the School Media Center3
LIB 720Selection and Organization of Learning Resources3
LIB 725Information Services3
LIB 732Evaluation and Promotion of Children’s Literature3
LIB 736Evaluation and Promotion of Young Adult Literature3
LIB 740Digital Literacy Technologies3
LIB 792Field Studies in School Librarianship3

Master of Arts Core

ED 779Values in School and Society3
EDRH 794Thesis Introduction and Literature Review3
EDRH 795Research Methods in Education3
EDRH 796Thesis Completion1

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.