Master of Arts in School Library and Information Technology

Master of Arts in School Library and Information Technology

Master of Arts in School Library and Information Technology

Enhance Learning Experiences

Fresno Pacific University’s Master of Arts in School Library and Information Technology degree is fully online.

Become an information specialist and instructional leader in K-12 schools. Help fellow educators, students and staff effectively utilize a variety of learning resources. Develop instructional programs, supervise staff and select educational materials integral to your school’s curriculum needs.

Creation and Instruction

You’ll learn how to instruct students in accessing, evaluating, using and integrating information and resources. In addition, you’ll gain increased responsibilities, including choosing resources, developing programs and providing support to peers/faculty. The program is ideal for educators who wish to instruct others in multiple literacies while maintaining a classroom/instructor role. Evolve the classroom experience using your teaching background as a foundation.

Personalize Learning

The online Master of Arts in School Library and Information Technology degree equips you to serve in a leadership position. In addition, you’ll exhibit best practices to meet today’s education challenges. The online MA is an ideal fit for current classroom teachers and modern educators. Graduates develop careers in a variety of roles such as school librarian, media specialist or subject matter expert.

Non-Matriculating Students

Coursework may also be taken on a nonmatriculated basis.

National Board Certification Coursework

Optional support coursework is offered for students interested in pursuing National Board Certification in Library Media. Those that are interested in only taking the support coursework for National Board Certification do not need to complete the entire program.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Teacher Librarian graduates include:

  • School Librarian

  • Media Specialist

  • School Library Media Specialist

  • Teacher Librarian

  • Teaching and Learning Librarian

  • Technology Coach

  • Professional Development Provider

  • Library Media Teacher

  • Digital Learning Specialist

Why FPU Online?

  • NO GMAT OR GRE

  • Accessible – 100% online, comprehensive curriculum; courses can be taken on non-matriculated basis

  • Accredited – California Commission on Teacher Credentialing & WASC accredited  

  • Timely –  MA - 37 units; program completion in 2-3.5 years, four intakes per year

  • Relational – Learn from an experienced teacher librarian faculty, join a broad network of educators and collaborate with like-minded peers

  • Relevant – Focus on educational resources in all forms and its use in the school library with a particular emphasis on education technology

  • Ethical – Value-driven curriculum designed to help you meet student needs and support others

  • Flexible – Those who are interested in only taking the support coursework for National Board Certification do not need to complete the entire program; individuals who wish to take only two to three library courses to satisfy state certification requirements may register for courses

More About the Program

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Admissions Requirements

Fresno Pacific University take a holistic approach to admissions decisions. By that we mean we look at all of the pieces of an application to make sure the program is right for you.

Considerations include:

  • Official transcripts verifying bachelor's degree in related area
  • 3.0 or greater GPA
  • Students below a 3.0 GPA can submit a letter of explanation for consideration.

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School Library and Information Technology Curriculum

Required Courses (37 Units)

LIB-705 – Information Technologies 3 Units

This course enables candidates to become technologically-competent teacher librarians. Throughout the course candidates will learn how to evaluate and effectively use a variety of information and communication technology (ICT) resources that are essential to the school library program. Candidates will also explore the application of learning theory to a digital environment.

LIB-710 – Instructional Partnerships 3 Units

This course provides an overview of the mission of the school library media program and the instructional partner and teacher roles of the teacher librarian. Candidates will investigate and use a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools in collaboration with classroom teachers and educational partners to plan a unit based upon school library standards, academic content standards, and learners’ interests and diverse needs.

LIB-715 – Administration of the School Media Center 3 Units

This course prepares candidates to fulfill the program administrator and leadership roles of the teacher librarian. Candidates will develop and implement policies, procedures, and services to successfully manage the school media center and its personnel. A variety of professional resources and research are introduced to enable candidates to advocate for effective school library programs.

LIB-720 – Selection and Organization of Learning Resources 3 Units

This course prepares candidates to evaluate, select, and organize physical, digital, and virtual learning resources. Candidates will gain skills to develop, manage, and provide equitable access to a collection of resources designed to meet the diverse needs of the school community.

Prerequisites: LIB-715

LIB-725 – Information Services 3 Units

This course prepares candidates to provide information services within the school library program. Information services include the selection and use of reference materials in seeking answers to questions, facilitation of students’ independent access and evaluation of sources of information, and the modeling and communication of the ethical and legal use of information.

Prerequisites: LIB-720

LIB-732 – Evaluation and Promotion of Children's Literature 3 Units

This course focuses upon the reading and evaluation of a variety of genres and formats of children’s literature for use within the school library program. Candidates will evaluate, design, and engage in a variety of activities to promote the reading of children’s literature and collaborate with educational partners to reinforce literacy instruction in addressing the diverse needs and interest of all learners.

LIB-736 – Evaluation and Promotion of Young Adult Literature 3 Units

This course focuses upon the reading and evaluation of a variety of genres and formats of young adult literature for use within the school library program. Candidates will evaluate, design, and engage in a variety of activities to promote the reading of young adult literature and collaborate with educational partners to reinforce literacy instruction in addressing the diverse needs and interests of all learners.

LIB-740 – Digital Literacy 3 Units

This course focuses upon the use of digital technologies to design, implement and evaluate standards-based learning experiences for diverse student populations. Special emphasis is placed upon the modeling and communication of the ethical, legal, and safe use of information and technology, including digital citizenship, to all educational stakeholders.

Prerequisites: LIB-710 LIB-720 LIB-725

LIB-792 – Field Studies in School Librarianship 3 Units

This course serves as the capstone experience for the Teacher Librarian Program. Candidates will expand their knowledge of school librarianship by engaging in 105 hours of a variety of field experience activities. Candidates will focus upon implementing activities that were introduced or designed in previous courses and will reflect upon their professional learning by completing an ePortfolio that demonstrates how they have met each Teacher Librarian PSLO.

Prerequisites: LIB-740

Students may take up to 2 semesters to complete the course; Graded C/NC; May not be audited

Master of Arts Core

ED-779 – Values in School and Society 3 Units

This course focuses on a cultural, historical, philosophical and/or social analysis of schools and schooling as a basis for developing an understanding of the educator’s role as a change agent and as a basis for personal and professional decision-making. The university’s philosophy and values as expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea and their implications for schools and society will provide one perspective for such analysis. When taken as part of the educational technology program, special emphasis will be given to technology issues in context to the topics of the course.

EDRH-794 – Thesis Introduction and Literature Review 3 Units

This course is the initial course for students whose research will culminate in the completion of a Master’s thesis. Students will be involved in a supervised independent inquiry of study built upon a literature review. Along with the course instructor, students will work with an assigned thesis mentor who will guide and support the student through the development and writing of a literature review and the introductory chapter of the thesis.

EDRH-795 – Research Methods in Education 3 Units

A study in the nature of systematic inquiry, a survey of methods employed in research and an explanation of evaluation methodology, as well as the use of research and evaluation methods in actual school situations. Topics include identification of education research problems, use of library resources, data gathering and processing, and evaluation of research articles.

Prerequisites: EDRH-794 or PPS-777A

EDRH-796 – Thesis Completion 1 Units

This course is designed to assist students in the completion of their master’s thesis. Students work alongside an assigned thesis mentor to finalize the (1) Institutional Review Board application, (2) collect and analyze data, (3) report findings, and (4) make recommendations. This is the final course leading to a Master of Arts degree.

Prerequisites: EDRH-794 and EDRH-795

Students may take up to 2 semesters to complete the course; Graded C/NC; May not be audited