dollorTeacher Librarian Services Credential

Teacher Librarian Services Credential

**Please note: This program is currently on indefinite hiatus.** Overview
In California, seven out of eight schools do not have professional library staffing for half a day or more. And while the national ratio of teacher librarians to students is 1:889, California’s ratio is 1:5,965 (2004 - 2005 CBEDS Report and Digest of Education Statistics and Tables and Figures, National Center for Education Statistics). Teacher librarians are in demand in many areas state wide! Recent studies demonstrate that a school library program with a full-time teacher librarian, support staff and a strong computer network leads to higher student achievement regardless of the community's social and economic factors. The Teacher Librarian Services Credential is a special credential that allows you to be a teacher librarian in any K-12 school in California. You must have either a multiple or single subject credential to pursue a library credential, but the library credential is valid in grades K-12 regardless of the level of your teaching credential.
Participants in the Teacher Librarian Services Credential program will have an opportunity to:

  • receive a Teacher Librarian Services Credential in one year
  • earn 31 units of graduate level credit from Sacramento State
  • advance on the pay scale
  • share ideas and best practices with other library professionals
  • prepare students to be problem solvers, decision makers, critical thinkers and information-literate citizens

This program is designed for:
  • credentialed teachers wanting to teach in a library setting
  • public or state librarians desiring a school library position

Program Structure
There are 11 required courses in the Teacher Librarian Services Credential program for a total of 31 units of graduate level academic credit. Each course carries academic credit and will appear on an official Sacramento State transcript. < Admission and Registration
Admission to Sacramento State is required for enrollment in the Teacher Librarian Services Credential program. Completed Sacramento State and credential applications, with required supporting documents, must be submitted during the spring semester prior to the program’s start in August. To receive current status information on Sacramento State and the Teacher Librarian Services Credential program, please call (916) 278-4813.
View and print the Teacher Librarian Fact Sheet
Financial Aid
Federal financial aid (primarily in the form of loans) is available for those who qualify. Apply online at or call (916) 278-4813 for application materials. Additional scholarship opportunities are available. Please call (916) 278-4813 for specific information. Jewel Gardiner Memorial Scholarship
The Jewel Gardiner Memorial Scholarship is intended as a support for those northern section residents who are enrolled in a Library Media Teacher Services Credential Program in a California library school that is approved by the California State Department of Education. A one-time award in the amount of $1,000 is awarded in the fall, spring and summer sessions. Students may apply as often as they desire but preference is given to first time applications. For more information and an application, please write to:
Chair, Jewel Gardiner Memorial Scholarship Fund
California School Library Association
1001 26th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816