Simmons offers two post-Master's degree programs for School Library Teacher Licensure:

  • A program for people who hold a Master's degree in Library Science and who are now seeking licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a School Library Teacher.
  • A program for teachers who currently hold a Master's Degree in education and an initial or professional* Massachusetts License as a teacher, a Master of Arts degree in teaching, or a Master's degree in a related field along with an initial or professional Massachusetts Teacher License. At the time of application for the School Library Teacher License you must have a minimum of three years of teaching experience in a Massachusetts public school.

All students admitted to the post-master's program receive a 50% discount off current Simmons tuition.

*Before starting the program, we advise students who hold a professional level license to have a review conducted by the DESE of the standards the DESE expects them to fulfill to be able to add this license. Their coursework will be based on the results of this review. Those with a professional level license must take their completed coursework to the DESE on their own; they will not be endorsed by Simmons.

Program Requirements

Minimum Course Requirement

Students in the Post Master's School Library Teacher Program will be required to complete a minimum of four courses (12 credits) in the SLIS School Library Teacher Program. Individual student programs will be determined between the student and the program director. The content of the program will depend on the coursework the student has already completed during their earned Master's degree. The two practicum courses would qualify to be part of the required four courses.

For Master's Degree holders

The following curriculum is for people who hold a Master's degree in Library and Information Science or a Master's Degree in Education and who are now seeking licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a School Library Teacher.

The courses listed below are required as a part of the licensure. (If the student has taken them in his/her Master's in Library Science degree program and received a grade of B or higher, the applicant will not be required to take them over again.) The courses the student needs to take will be determined by the Director of the School Library Teacher Program through an analysis of the student's transcript(s). Please see the Admission process for details about when this analysis will occur.

  • LIS 406: Management of School Library Programs*
  • LIS 407: Reference/Information Services
  • LIS 415: Information Organization
  • LIS 459: School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum Field Experience*
  • LIS 460: Technology and the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 461: Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 481: Library Collections and Materials for Children*
  • LIS 483: Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults*
  • LIS 498: Practicum (preK-8)
  • LIS 499: Practicum (7-12)

*Courses with an asterisk include fieldwork; students must complete their field-based pre-practicum experiences (fieldwork) before they can begin their practicum experience.

**A candidate may substitute LIS 495: Practicum Equivalent Experience (preK - 12) for one of the practica if the candidate has been hired as the professional school library teacher of record. Arrangements for LIS 495 are made with the program director.

+Before entering a practicum, the candidate must take and achieve a passing score in the MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure).

Field-based Course Work

Prior to the practicum, students must accumulate 75 clock hours of field-based pre-practicum experience (fieldwork).  Students are introduced to fieldwork in a course dedicated to the field experience, in which they may earn 30 hours of fieldwork credit. Additionally, three other courses required for SLTP students incorporate assignments and experiences involving fieldwork. Most STLP students will complete their fieldwork requirements in the context of their required courses, as follows:

  • LIS 406: Management of School Library Programs (15 hours)
  • LIS 459: School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum Field Experience (30 hours)
  • LIS 481: Library Collections and Materials for Children (15 hours), and 
  • LIS 483: Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults (15 hours)

There are specific assignments for each field-based experience. These projects are outlined in the School Library Teacher Handbook, which the student will receive at the beginning of his/her program. If you have questions about an assignment, please consult with your course instructor for answers and further direction. Fieldwork projects must be completed in a public school library in Massachusetts. At the discretion of the program director, other courses or experiences can be substituted for part of this requirement.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Before students are allowed to complete their practicum experiences, they will need to pass the Communication and Literacy Skills Test of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). This test is administered in various places but only in Massachusetts. You can obtain further information at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.


For Education Degree holders

The following curriculum is for teachers who currently hold a Master's Degree in education and an initial or professional Massachusetts License as a teacher, a Master of Arts degree in teaching, or a Master's degree in a related field along with an initial or professional Massachusetts Teacher Licensure. At the time of application for the School Library Teacher License you must have a minimum of three years of teaching experience in a Massachusetts public school. The library courses can be taken at the same time the candidate is fulfilling the teaching requirement.

Those with a Master's in Education who hold an initial license will be endorsed by Simmons to receive the license as a school library teacher after completion of the necessary coursework. Those with a professional level license must take their completed coursework to the DESE on their own; they will not be endorsed by Simmons.

In addition to the requirements above, the courses listed below will prepare students to become licensed as school library teachers in Massachusetts.

  • LIS 406: Management of School Library Programs
  • LIS 407: Reference/Information Services
  • LIS 460: Technology and the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 461: Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 481: Library Collections and Materials for Children
  • LIS 483: Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

If the student's prior teaching license did not require him/her to take and pass the Communication and Literacy Skills Test of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), he/she will be required to do that prior to applying for the school library teacher license.

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    Melanie Kimball
    • Melanie Kimball
    • Director of the School Library Teacher Program, Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2795
    • Office: P310L
    Amy Pattee
    • Amy Pattee
    • Director for the Master of Science Program, Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2853
    • Office: P310B
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Careers

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.
How to Apply

Admission options and prerequisites vary by program. Learn more about the requirements for the School Library Teacher Licensure.

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