All courses are 3 credits. The program is 36 credits (10 courses and 2 electives).
- LIS 406 - Management and Evaluation of School Library Programs*
- LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services
- LIS 415 - Information Organization
- LIS 532M - School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum Field Experience*
- LIS 532L - Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher
- LIS 460 - Technology and 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)**++
- A student must take two elective courses
*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).
Students in the general track are required to take LIS 407, LIS 415 and LIS 488 within their first 12 credits. * School Library Teacher Program and Archives Concentration students should see their respective program pages for specific requirements as they are different than those of other programs. The program is 36 credits total.
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 (LIS 532M), 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 SLTP students will complete their fieldwork requirements in the context of their required courses, as follows:
- LIS 406 - Management and Evaluation of School Library Programs (15 hours)
- LIS 532M - School Library Teacher Pre-Practicum Field Experience (30 hours)
- LIS 481 - Library Collections and Materials for Children (15 hours)
- 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.
For more details, see our course descriptions.
Updated per faculty vote, April 2016.
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 tablet devices to virtual knowledge centers. Today's teachers need to know how to use a variety of e-learning resrources. School library teachers are prepared to provide leadership in curriculum development, technology integration, and literacy initiatives in the K-12 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 cooperates 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, SLIS SLTP graduates can participate in the benefits of this agreement. If you are from outside Massachusetts, however, please check with your state's department of education.
At the conclusion of the School Library Teacher program, the graduates are eligible to apply for positions as school library teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools.