Teacher-Librarian Training

Several programs of teacher-librarian education are available in BC and beyond.

University of British Columbia

UBC offers two specific programs in teacher-librarianship in the Faculty of Education and graduate programs in the iSchool.

1. Certificate in Teacher Librarianship

  • 15 credits (5 credit courses) for courses which teach the basics of teacher-librarianship.
  • For qualified teachers with a degree from a recognized university.
  • Has both on-line and independent study courses.

2. Diploma in Teacher Librarianship

  • For certified teachers with at least 2 years’ classroom teaching.
  • 30 credits of senior course work.
  • 5 year limit to complete.
  •  May apply to transfer courses from some other Western Canadian universities.

3. Masters Degree e.g. MLIS, MACL

iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies): http://slais.ubc.ca/ 

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers a Masters degree in teacher-librarianship via distance learning.

Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning

N.B. UBC and U of A have a reciprocal agreement for transfer of courses. Check the web sites provided for more information.

Queen’s University

Queen’s University offers a post-graduate certificate program for BC teacher-librarians through the Continuing Teacher Education department. The courses are fully-online and facilitated by an experienced BC teacher-librarian. The TQS approved certificate consists of five courses with each course being the equivalent of six credits. Individuals who successfully complete the post-graduate certificate will be eligible to apply for a category upgrade. The post-graduate certificate can lead to advanced standing in the Professional Master of Education program through Queen’s University.

Queen’s University BC Post-Grad Certificate – Teacher Librarian