Teacher-Librarianship Information

About Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning at the University of Alberta
The Master of Education in Elementary Education provides education for teachers who want to be teacher-librarians in elementary, middle, junior and senior high schools. The MEd degree is completely online, part-time and meant for those working full time in schools and school libraries. The program is affordable, flexible, and infused with technology.

Courses develops school and professional leadership in inquiry, literacies, technology, and resources through meaningful learning experiences. Study focuses on curriculum, community, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and communication. Students become part of a community with other teachers and teacher-librarians from across the country. We strongly believe that teacher-librarians are learning specialists in schools and that a Master of Education degree provides the leadership skills necessary to take on this important role.

Applying to the Program
You apply for the Master of Education - Online Curriculum and Pedagogy - but this is done online and through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Indicate your interest in teacher-librarianship in your statement of intent.  Please feel free to contact Jennifer for more information.  Please see information on the Elementary Education website. For more information from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and to apply online - please click here.

Program Planning
Master of Education students in teacher-librarianship should work with Dr. Jennifer Branch-Mueller to develop a program plan. All MEd students in the Department of Elementary Education are required to complete an approved research methods course and a curriculum foundations course. You must complete a capstone experience at the end of your program (EDEL 599). Depending on the province or territory you come from and Teacher Qualification requirements, you may want to complete a capstone experience in EDEL 549. Please discuss this with Dr. Branch-Mueller when planning your program.

As your advisor I would strongly suggest you take the following to provide you with the foundational courses in the area of teacher-librarianship (see course descriptions below):
EDEL 540 
EDEL 541
EDEL 542
EDEL 543
EDEL 544
EDEL 546
EDEL 567

Course Descriptions
EDEL 540: Introduction to Teacher-Librarianship
Explores and critically evaluates the management of school library programs and services. 

EDEL 541: Introduction to Resource Organization and Management
Explores and critically evaluates the management and organization of print and digital resources in a school library collection. 

EDEL 542: Introduction to Inquiry-based Instruction (counts as the required curriculum course)
Explores and critically evaluates the nature and culture of inquiry and the integration of inquiry in teaching and learning. 

EDEL 543: Introduction to Contemporary Literacies
Explores and critically evaluates the foundation of contemporary literacies, literacy in the 21st century, and literacy leadership for teacher-librarians.

EDEL 544: Introduction to Emerging Technologies
Explores and critically evaluates the use of emerging technologies in schools and school libraries with an emphasis on how they might be used in personal, professional and teaching and learning situations.

EDEL 545: Integration of Emerging Technologies
Explores and critically evaluates the integration of emerging technologies into schools and school libraries with an emphasis on the trends, issues, opportunities and challenges associated with living and working in digital age classrooms and libraries. 

EDEL 546: Introduction to Resource Selection and Evaluation
Explores and critically evaluates the selection and evaluation of print and digital resources for children and young adults in schools and school libraries. 

EDEL 549: The Leadership Role of the Teacher-LibrarianExplores and critically evaluates historical and current trends and issues in school library leadership. Pre-requisites: EDEL 540, EDEL 542, EDEL 544, or consent of the department. Note: Not open to students with credit in EDES 549.

EDEL 567: Introduction to Methods of Educational Research (the required research methods course)
This course offers an overview of the broad spectrum of quantitative and qualitative research activities and developmental projects, with an emphasis on the educator as a research consumer and potential researcher. Consequently, the course focuses on improving the comprehension of published research reports and the ability to plan research activities for the school setting. Required course for MEd students in the Department of Elementary Education; all other students require Departmental consent. 

Awards
Dianne Oberg Graduate Prize in Teacher-Librarianship
Funded by Dr. Dianne Oberg, Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Department of Elementary Education
Value: $1,500.00
Eligibility: Awarded annually to a full-time or part-time master’s student in the Department of Elementary Education who is majoring in teacher-librarianship and who has completed a minimum of 12 credits of course work. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement (a grade point average of 3.5 or greater in the last 12 credits completed) as well as leadership potential and contributions to the educational community.
Applications: Eligible students should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to the Graduate Coordinating Committee, Department of Elementary Education, 551 Education Centre South by September 1st.

Sheila Pritchard Graduate Prize in Teacher-Librarianship
Funded by Sheila Pritchard, Former Teacher-Librarian and TL-DL Instructor
Value: $1,000.00
Eligibility: Awarded annually to a full-time or part-time master’s student in the Department of Elementary Education who is majoring in teacher-librarianship and who has completed a minimum of 12 credits of course work. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement (a grade point average of 3.5 or greater in the last 12 credits completed) as well as leadership potential and contributions to the educational community.
Applications: Eligible students should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to the Graduate Coordinating Committee, Department of Elementary Education, 551 Education Centre South by September 1st.

Note: Sheila passed away in December 2010.