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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Programs - Master of Arts in Education

Option in Librarianship

This program is currently under consideration for discontinuance. You should refer to currently active programs in related areas: Teacher Librarian Services Credential and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Media Leadership.

The Master's degree option in Librarianship provides a rigorous academic foundation for professional leadership in library and information professions that serve the needs of a culturally diverse, technology-informed society. Because the Master of Arts degree option incorporates work toward the Teacher Librarian Services Credential, candidates with this specialization may pursue their credential and degree simultaneously. Visit the program website for program details(


The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through Cal State Apply ( ). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

A separate application to the Librarianship program must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Conditional Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For ad vancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 2. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work.
  • 3. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 4. Complete at least 6 units of the program.
  • 5. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


A minimum of 36 units is required, with at least 24 units in the 500/600 level series taken at this university. In consultation with the advisor, a comprehensive examination track or thesis track is selected.

Note: Information in this section does not include all of the requirements for the Teacher Librarian Services Credential, which is typically pursued simultaneously with the Master of Arts degree. For additional information, go to

1. Core courses (21 units):

  • A. Library Media.
    • Take all of the following:
      • ELIB 500 Foundations of Information (3)
        Prerequisites: None.
      • ELIB 510 Collection Development (3)
        Prerequisites: None.
      • ELIB 520 Info Literacy and Reference Services (3)
        Prerequisites: None.
      • ELIB 540 Organization of Information (3)
        Prerequisites: None.
      • ELIB 550 Management of Info Organizations (3)
        Prerequisites: None.
  • B. Technology.
    • Take one of the following: ELIB 570, ETEC 523, PPA 521 (for public services)
  • C. Research methods.
    • Take one of the following: EDP 520, EDP 595

2. Electives (9 units).

The balance of the program is completed through advisor-approved electives. Choices include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A. Youth Services: ELIB 530A, 530B; EDCI 625;
  • B. Higher Education Services: COUN 548, 552; EDP 490;
  • C. Public Services: FCS 529; PPA 500, 525, 533, 535;
  • D. Advanced Technology: ETEC 530, 551, 553, 623.

3. Field experience (3-4 units).

  • Take one of the following: ELIB 580, ETEC 580

4. One of the following chosen in consultation with faculty advisor upon advancement to candidacy (3-6 units):

  • A. Comprehensive exam; EDP 697, Research (3 units)
  • B. Thesis; EDP 698, Thesis (must take 6 units)
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