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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 targeted to meet the needs of teachers who wish to become teacher librarians, and practicing teacher librarians without a full specialist qualification in teacher librarianship.

  • Why study this course?

    The changing nature of learning and teaching environments in schools has brought with it a growing demand for multimodal access to a wide range of literature and information resources, and a need for guidance and support in the effective use and integration of these resources within the curriculum. Teacher librarians are meeting this demand playing a vital role in facilitating the management and use of these resources, leading in the development of information literacy, and managing people and resources to help build 21st Century learning culture within their school communities.

    CSU’s Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) provides opportunities for students to become teacher librarians through expertise in multi-literacies, information fluency and collaborative evidence-based practice. Teacher librarians are uniquely qualified within education and librarianship with curriculum knowledge and pedagogy combined with library and information management knowledge and skills.

    The course provides teachers with a full qualification in teacher librarianship, or allows practicing teacher librarians without a full specialist qualification in teacher librarianship to attain industry-standard qualifications.

    The course is a leader in the field of teacher librarianship and is committed to the development of teacher librarians as:

    • dynamic leaders, committed to enriching teaching and learning across the school
    • successful collaborators, working with teachers to incorporate information literacy, literature and digital technologies into the curriculum
    • skilful practitioners, providing information services to support learning and teaching needs throughout the school community
    • information specialists, developing and implementing rich inquiry processes and strategies to improve student learning
    • informed educators who value the importance of evidence based principles to support professional practice.
    Professional recognition
    Graduates are eligible for admission as Associates of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

  • Career opportunities

    The course offers career development for those working  or seeking employment as:

    • teacher librarians
    • information services managers
    • leaders in digital resourcing in education organisations
    • leaders in e-research and digital services
    • strategic leadership in information policy and education practice.

    The course ensures that graduates are able to respond to the demands of 21st Century schooling, through the acquisition of 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. This statement describes the professional knowledge, skills and commitment demonstrated by teacher librarians working at a level of excellence. It represents the goals to which all Australian teacher librarians should aspire, and provides inspiration for quality teaching and ongoing professional practice.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for up to four subjects is available for CSU graduates of :

    • Master of Information Studies (who meet the teacher qualification prerequisites)
    • Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (who meet the teacher qualification prerequisites)
    • Graduate Certificate of Information Studies (who meet the teacher qualification prerequisites)
    Upon application, credit for a maximum of four subjects is available for other graduates from Australian and international universities from a relevant field of study and who meet the CSU admission requirements.

    No special arrangements apply.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • 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 the opportunity 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

  • 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
    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.

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

    Alumni discount

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

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    2520*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.


    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.


    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2680*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    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
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School

    The School of Information Studies is one of the leading providers of online education for the information industries. The School has an international faculty of more than 20 academic staff, and has strong links with the professions both nationally and internationally.

    The School is based in New South Wales, Australia at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. A key characteristic of the School is its lack of geographical boundaries. It is a truly national and international School, with large numbers of its students living and studying throughout Australia and across the world.

    Find out more about the School

  • 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 prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS026 - Developing Skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    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.

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