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Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

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Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

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CSU's Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) is a professionally recognised, specialist qualification for teachers who wish to become fully qualified teacher librarians.

Delivered online, this degree gives you the flexibility to study how you want, enabling you to acquire a wide range of skills and knowledge that will enhance your career opportunities – and improve the learning outcomes of your students in any educational setting.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) gives you the opportunity to become uniquely qualified within education and librarianship, with a combination of curriculum knowledge and pedagogy, and library and information management knowledge and skills.

    The course will enable you to lead in curriculum and learning program design; to collaborate with colleagues to incorporate information literacy, literacy, literature and digital technologies into the curriculum; and support, evaluate and improve student learning and teaching needs in any learning environment.

    This makes you highly employable – and CSU graduates enjoy one of the highest rates of graduate employment in the country.

    CSU is the leading provider in online education for university students in Australia. Our flexible learning options mean that you can learn in a way that suits your lifestyle.

    You can also choose to study while continuing to work, allowing you to apply your knowledge directly to workplace situations and so better meet the needs of your students.

  • Career opportunities
    CSU’s Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) will give you the practical skills and specialist knowledge to work in a number of different roles, including:

    •    teacher librarian
    •    information services manager
    •    leader in digital resourcing in education organisations
    •    leader in e-research and digital services
    •    strategic leader in information policy and education practice

  • Professional recognition
    ALIA logo CSU’s Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) is accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) academic libraries. Graduates of the degree are eligible for admission to ALIA as Associates.

    The course also contains the required knowledge and skills to meet the Standards of Professional Excellence for Teacher Librarians which have been developed and endorsed by the Australian Library and Information Association, and the Australian School Library Association. These standards represent the goals to which all Australian teacher librarians should aspire, and provides inspiration for quality teaching and ongoing professional practice.

  • Workplace learning

    The development of professional workplace experience is a vital part of the course. Students undertake a professional study program comprising four days of visits to a range of information agencies, and a two-week professional placement. These components, together with a reflective e-portfolio, provide opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the workplace, and the capacity to reflect on theory and practice in these contexts.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    ETL507 Professional Experience and Portfolio

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

  • Subjects
    Students undertaking the Master degree will study six core subjects, with a choice of two electives from areas of interest in literature or digital environments. The course is designed to develop professional knowledge in multiple areas including specialist knowledge of information resources, technology and library management; leadership within professional communities; collaborative planning and teaching of information literacy and literature outcomes; and knowledge of learning and teaching to cater for the social, cultural and developmental needs of learners in program implementation and curriculum resourcing.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course requires completion of 64 points comprising six (6) core subjects and two (2) elective subjects.

    Core subjects

    ETL401 Introduction to Teacher Librarianship
    ETL503 Resourcing the Curriculum
    ETL504 Teacher Librarian as Leader
    ETL505 Describing and Analysing Education Resources
    EER500 Introduction to Educational Research
    ETL507 Professional Experience and Portfolio

    Restricted elective subjects (choose two of the following)

    ETL402 Literature Across the Curriculum
    ETL501 The Dynamic Information Environment
    ETL523 Digital Citizenship in Schools
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF532 Knowledge Networks for Educators
    INF533  LIterature in Digital Environments


    The key subject for this course is:
    ETL401 Introduction to Teacher Librarianship

    Enrolment pattern

    The following enrolment pattern is provided as a guide for a part time distance education study sequence. Students have the flexibility to vary their study load and enrolment sequence according to their individual needs and subject availability, but must take ETL401 in the first session of study.

    Session 1

    ETL401 Introduction to Teacher Librarianship
    ETL503 Resourcing the Curriculum

    Session 2

    ETL505 Describing and Analysing Education Resources
    ETL504 Teacher Librarian as Leader

    Session 3

    ETL507 Professional Experience and Portfolio (commenced)
    EER500 Introduction to Educational Research
    [Restricted Elective/s]

    Session 4

    ETL507 Professional Experience and Portfolio (completed)
    [Restricted Elective/s]


    ETL402 Literature across the Curriculum
    ETL501 The Dynamic Information Environment
    ETL523 Digital Citizenship in Schools
    INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
    INF532 Knowledge Networking for Educators
    INF533 Literature in Digital Environments

  • Admission information

    An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) must have the following qualifications:

    • Hold the degree of Bachelor of Education or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution; or
    • Hold the degree of Bachelor of Education (Honours) or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution; or
    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution with an end‐on integrated professional teaching qualification (such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or Bachelor of Teaching Secondary); or
    • Possess other qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the Faculty.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Access to allowances for study

    Students in the Masters degree may be eligible for student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYYEEST
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOEST
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJEST

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must complete 64 points (eight subjects), comprising six (6) core subjects and two (2) electives, at pass level or better.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Information Studies

    The School of Information Studies operates from CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus. It is one of the leading providers of distance education for the information industries and has been educating and researching in the Information and Library Studies field for more than 40 years. Today, well over half of Australia's information and library studies students study at CSU. Teaching staff are world-renowned experts and have strong links with the professions nationally and internationally. Many of our staff have extensive professional experience in industry and continue to be engaged in their field, helping to ensure that what students are learning is based on current practice. CSU’s courses are recognised by relevant accrediting bodies and include areas such as information studies, records and archives management, teacher librarianship, information architecture, audiovisual archiving and applied research.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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