Library and Information Science: School Library Teacher Concentration

In the Library and Information Science (MS): School Library Teacher program, you'll connect students with information resources locally and globally, and use technology for research and project-based learning.

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Inspire the next generation of lifelong learners

Keenly aware of the Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core, you'll plan units and lessons with classroom teachers aimed at integrating the skills taught in the library with the work in the classroom.

With exceptional faculty and professional mentors, you'll engage in intellectually rigorous and stimulating course-work focused on instructional technologies used in today's schools. As a school library teacher, you'll be an academic leader — focusing on information literacy and igniting students' interest in reading.

Our program provides exceptional academic and professional training. You'll participate in supervised fieldwork in area public schools and a practicum experience at both the elementary and secondary school levels. Our students go on to successful careers as school library teachers in elementary, middle and high schools.

Course Requirements

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 459 - Fundamentals of School Librarianship*
  • 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)**++
  • 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 are required to take LIS 407, LIS 415 and LIS 460 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, 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 459 - 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, May 2017.

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.

While all students enter the LIS program with different talents, skills, and abilities, LIS instructors expect all students to possess a baseline of knowledge, skill, and familiarity with technology. Read about the SLIS Tech Competencies and the Technology Requirements for students. 

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