Curriculum

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 GSLIS 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 of Science in LIS Degree holders

The following curriculum is for people who hold a Master's degree in Library and Information Science 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 426: Curriculum and the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 431: Instructional Strategies for the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 532H: School Library Programs and Services
  • LIS 460: Technology and the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 481: Children's Literature and Media Collections*
  • LIS 483: Young Adult Literature*
  • LIS 498: Practicum (preK-8)
  • LIS 499: Practicum (7-12)

*Students must complete their field-based pre-practicum experiences 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

There is a fieldwork requirement for four of the SLTP courses. This is different from the practicum. SLTP students are required to complete 75 clock hours of fieldwork. It is recommended that these be distributed in 25-hour blocks in each of the following courses:

  • LIS 406: Management of School Library Programs (25 hours)
  • LIS 407: Reference/Information Services (25 hours)
  • LIS 481: Children's Literature and Media Collections and LIS 483: Young Adult Literature (12.5 hours of field-based work are required in each course for a total of the required 25 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 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. 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 426 Curriculum and the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 460: Technology and the School Library Teacher
  • LIS 481: Children's Literature and Media Collections
  • LIS 483: Young Adult Literature

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.