Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Masters FAQs

Teacher Librarianship

Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) - FAQs

What subjects are offered in each session?

The subjects that are offered in a particular session can vary. The following list contains the subjects that are normally available each session for the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) program. This list reflects subjects in the current course pattern.  Session 3 is optional. Students are not expected to study in this session. Therefore the subjects offered in Session 3 are also offered in Session 1 and/or 2.
 
Session 1 (March - June)
ETL401 Teacher librarianship
ETL503 Resourcing the curriculum
ETL507 Professional experience/professional portfolio*
EER500 Introduction to educational research
ETL523 Digital citizenship in schools (Elective)
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals (Elective)

Session 2 (July - October)
ETL401 Teacher librarianship
ETL501 Information Environment
ETL504 Teacher librarian as leader
ETL505 Bibliographic Standards in Schools
ETL507 Professional experience/professional portfolio*
EER500 Introduction to educational research (MEdTL)
ETL402 Literature in Education (Elective)
ETL411 ICT Experience (Elective)
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals (Elective)

Session 3 (November  - February)
ETL503 Resourcing the curriculum
EER500 Introduction to educational research
ETL507 Professional experience/professional portfolio*
INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals (Elective)

*ETL507 is a 2 Session subject. It can be done over Sessions 1 and 2, or Sessions 2 and 3


The following subjects from older course patterns will also be offered in 2011 - ETL510 (across Sessions 1 and 2) and ETL511 (Session 2)

Top of page

How long will it take me to complete the course?

The Master's degree usually takes 2 years (i.e., 4 academic sessions), if studying the 'normal' part-time load of 2 subjects a session and doing 2 sessions a year. From 2010 students will have the option of studying over 3 sessions a year meaning the course can be completed by part-time study in 18 months.

Top of page

Can I do just one subject at a time?

Yes, although the normal part-time study rate is 2 subjects per session, you may choose to study just one subject per session.

Top of page

Can I enrol on a full-time basis or at least with 0.75 of a full-time workload?

Yes you can. The normal load is 0.5 of a full-time load (with some students doing 0.25). If you wish to do a full-time load or 0.75 of the full-time load, Student Administration will require the approval of your Course Coordinator. The course coordintor will need to be assured that you are in a position to undertake a high load, given other possible commitments, such as work and family, which could mean that you could find it difficult meeting more than two sets of assignment deadlines.

Top of page

How much time will I need to set aside for study?

Roughly ten to twelve hours per week per eight point subject.

Top of page

Is there a compulsory residential component in this course?

There are no residential schools for this course.

Top of page

Can I obtain credit for previous study?

Credit may be available, based on previous study. This could be previous studies in teacher librarianship or librarianship, or in areas such as children's literature or educational research methods.

Top of page

Do I have to stick to the standard pattern of study or can I be more flexible?

You can certainly be more flexible. We do ask that you do ETL401 as early as possible, and ETL507 as late as possible, in your studies. Otherwise the order in which you do subjects is only limited by their availability. It is wise to plan a pattern of study for yourself if you decide to depart from the standard pattern.
 
Some example patterns of study for completing the MEdTL follow

Averaging 2 subjects a session studying in sessions 1 and 2 over 2 years (Session 3 over Summer is an optional session)

Commencing in Session 1
Session 1 ETL401, ETL503
Session 2 ETL501, ETL504
Session 1 EER500, ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL507 (complete)
Plus an elective in session 1 or 2 in the second year chosen from ETL523, INF506 (Session 1) or ETL402, ETL411 or INF506 (Session 2). This is the 'standard' pattern of study

Commencing in Session 2
Session 2 ETL401, ETL501
Session 1 ETL503, ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL504, ETL505. ETL507 (complete)
Session 1 EER500, ETL523 or INF506 (elective)

Averaging 2 subjects a session studying over 4 consecutive sessions (including Session 3 over Summer)

Commencing in Session 1
Session 1 ETL401, ETL503
Session 2 ETL501, ETL504, ETL505, ETL507 (commence)*
Session 3 EER500, ETL507 (complete)
Session 1 ETL523 or INF506 (elective)
*This session is effectively full time study

Commencing in Session 2
Session 2 ETL401, ETL501
Session 3 EER500, INF506 (elective)
Session 1 ETL503, ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL504, ETL507 (complete)

Commencing in Session 3
Session 3 ETL503, EER500
Session 1 ETL401, ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL501, ETL504, ETL505, ETL507 (commence)*
Session 3 INF506 (elective)
*This session is effectively full time study
 
Averaging 1 subject a session studying in sessions 1 and 2 over 4 years
Commencing in Session 1
Session 1 ETL401
Session 2 ETL501
Session 1 ETL503
Session 2 ETL504
Session 1 EER500 or elective (ETL523 or INF506)
Session 2 EER500 or elective (ETL402, ETL411 or INF506)
Session 1 ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL507 (complete)

Commencing in Session 2
Session 2 ETL401
Session 1 ETL503
Session 2 ETL501
Session 1 elective (ETL523 or INF506)
Session 2 ETL504
Session 1 ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL507 (complete)
Session 1 EER500
 
Averaging 1 subject a session studying in Sessions 1, 2 and 3 each year over 3 years
Commencing in Session 1
Session 1 ETL401
Session 2 ETL501
Session 3 EER500
Session 1 ETL503
Session 2 ETL504
Session 3 INF506 (elective)
Session 1 ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL507 (complete)
 
Commencing in Session 2
Session 2 ETL401
Session 3 EER500
Session 1 ETL503
Session 2 ETL501, ETL504
Session 3 INF506 (elective)
Session 1 ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL507 (complete)
 
Commencing in Session 3
Session 3 EER503
Session 1 ETL401
Session 2 ETL501
Session 3 EER500
Session 1 ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL504, ETL505, ETL507 (complete)
Session 3 INF506 (elective)
 
An example mixed pattern commencing in Session 1Session 1 ETL401, ETL503
Session 2 ETL501, ETL504
Session 1 EER500
Session 2 ETL505, ETL402 (elective), ETL507 (commence)
Session 3 ETL507 (complete)
 
An example mixed pattern commencing in Session 2 in which a session of leave is taken (students are entitled to up to two sessions of leave while studying)
 
Session 2 ETL401, ETL501
Session 1 ETL503
Session 2 ETL504
Session 3 EER500
Session 1 Leave of absence
Session 2 ETL505
Session 1 ETL507 (commence)
Session 2 ETL505, ETL507 (complete)

Top of page

Can I just enrol in a Graduate Diploma, instead of a Master's degree?

This is an eight subject master's course which is the same length as most graduate diplomas. Consequently there is not a graduate diploma exit point.

Top of page

Will this course qualify me to be a librarian?

This master's degree is recognised as a first-level professional award by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Some of our graduates do work in other types of libraries other than school libraries. However the first aim of this course is to qualify teachers as teacher librarians. It is a highly regarded specialist course. If your primary goal is to leave teaching and to work in another type of library please also consider the Master of Information Studies.

Top of page

Is this course recognised outside of Australia?

A number of our graduates have worked, or do work, as teacher librarians in international schools and some have been employed in school libraries in education systems outside Australia. Individual education authorities have the final say but this award is widely recognised.

Top of page

Is there much work for teacher librarians?

Yes, there is currently a shortage of teacher librarians in many areas. A number of students obtain teacher librarianship positions while they are studying.

Top of page

Can I start studying now, before the course starts? I haven't studied for years and need to get a head-start.

There is a diverse range of STUDY LINK subjects to meet the majority of early study preparation needs and academic interests. The following STUDY LINK subjects most useful to prospective Information Studies students are:

  • SSS018  Foundation Maths
  • SSS021  Transition to University Study
  • SSS022  Writing at university
  • SSS023  Introduction to learning online.

For more information check out the Study Link web site.

Top of page

What subjects should I enrol in?

If you are a new student, you would normally receive a pre-printed enrolment form with your offer. If you feel the need to change the form you may do so - you may, for instance, decide to complete only one 8-point subject per session, in which case it may be necessary to delete one of the subjects listed on your form.

Top of page

How do I change my enrolment?

Go to the Student Portal, Administration tab, select, Your enrolment from the drop menu to read about how to enrol (add/delete subjects),

Top of page

Is there a required subject sequence?

No, we have avoided pre-requisites for the sake of flexibility. Some subjects are offered only in certain sessions so you will need to check subject availability. We do recommend you do the Subject ETL401 Teacher Librarianship in your first session of study is possible, or no later than your second session and that you undertake the subject ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio in your last year of study.

Top of page

Who are my main contacts for the duration of my course?

Each subject in which you are enrolled will have a subject coordinator to contact (the School of Information Studies' website will keep you informed of who is responsible for which subject) and in ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio the School's Professional Experience Officer will also help you. For general, course-related academic enquiries you have the course coordinator and course manager and for the more administrative enquiries (for instance, "How do I apply for leave of absence?" or "I'm having problems enrolling online") you have a Student Liaison Officer in Student Administration. The course and subjects also have online forums, which you are encouraged to use for enquiries that are not of a personal nature.

Top of page

Can I take leave from my course?

Students are entitled to up to four sessions of leave while studying their course. You can do this through the Online Administration System where you enrol in subjects by clicking on the Apply for Leave radio button for the appropriate session.

As Session 3 is an optional session of study in this course, you do not need to take leave during this session if you are not studying.

If you have already taken four sessions of leave in your course you will need to write to your Course Director to ask for additional leave of absence including your reasons.

Is there a compulsory practical component in this course?

Yes, the subject ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio includes a four day Study Visit and ten day placement. Typically, for onshore distance education students, the study visit comprises a four-day visit to information agencies in a selected city, with a group of students and a lecturer from CSU (who organises the visits). The placement is a two weeks in a selected information agency.

Top of page

Can I do the practical components locally?

With the subject coordinator's permission you can organise an independent study visit if you are unable to attend one of the study visits that we organise. In the case of the placement, however, you nominate a library or information agency that interests you following guidelines provided in the subject material.

Top of page

Do I have to organise the practical components of the course?

No, at the beginning of the year you will receive a subject outline which will explain what you need to do. In the case of the Professional Study Visit we will organise a number of study visits in various Australian cities. You nominate which on you would like to attend, our Professional Experience Officer will try to accommodate your request and all you have to do is participate and complete a report (and arrange your accommodation if it's necessary for you to stay over).

In the case of the professional experience, you nominate a library or information agency in which you would like to complete your placement. The Professional Experience Officer in the School of Information Studies will assist to set this up for you (if possible, during a period nominated by you) and liaise with you and your proposed host library. If you don't know what library you would like to work in, the Professional Experience Officer can also help you identify an appropriate one.

Top of page

When will I know what study visits are being offered?

You will receive a Subject outline once you have enrolled in the subject. It will provide detailed advice about the study visits and, in the case of onshore students, list the study visits we have organised for that year. Generally the visits are spaced out at fairly regular intervals, from March to October. Further information can be obtained from our web site: Professional Experience/Study Visits

Top of page

Do I have to do the placement during the academic session? It may, for instance, interfere with my academic work.

The placement does not have to be done during academic sessions - provided the host library is agreeable, you may do it between sessions or (if you arrange for a Grade Pending, or GP, with your Subject Coordinator) after the session ends.

Top of page

Can I obtain credit for the practical component?

Very few students are given credit for the Study Visit. It is intended to expose you to a varied range of information environments and we find that very few students have that kind of experience. Credit is only given for the placement where the student can demonstrate they have undertaken professional level duties in a school library for an extended period under the direct supervision of a fully qualified teacher librarian, or under a professional librarian in another type of library or information agency. If you believe you may be eligible for credit you should contact the School's Professional Experience Officer.

Top of page

Does the professional placement have to be a two-week block of time?

Organising a placement that consists of blocks of time other than the single two-week placement is difficult and happens only under exceptional circumstances. You are best advised to enrol in the subjects and read the requirements and, if you have special problems, contact the Professional Experience Officer.

Top of page

Back to Programs & Courses