Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

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.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: Distance Education


Duration: 2 years part-time


International students

Study mode: Distance Education


Duration: 2 years part-time


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

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.


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.

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

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

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

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.

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.

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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