Special Class Authorization for Teacher Librarians

Academic Course (University Credit)

The Special Class Authorization for Digital Literacy and Information Theory is an online program that will prepare Teacher Librarians to serve as instructors of record to teach digital literacy and information theory in face-to-face and online settings. The Special Class Authorization allows the holder of a service credential to teach content related to their area of service in departmentalized classrooms in preschool, K-12, and classes organized primarily for adults.

The holder of a Teacher Librarian Services Credential who completes the additional standards and earns a Special Class Authorization will be able to teach departmentalized courses in information and digital literacy, including the nature, architecture and cycle of information and digital citizenship for the ethical, legal and safe use of information and technology.

ETEC 523 Information and Digital Literacies

Information and digital literacies; principles and theories for integrating technologies into learning environments to improve planning, designing, and implementing learning experiences; issues of technology planning, collaboration, and assessment; and digital citizenship. Course meets Level II Technology Standards. Letter grade only (A-F).

Pre-service and practitioner teacher librarians who want to:

  • Expand their skill set to gain current expertise in information and digital literacy
  • Teach information and digital literacy, especially as an instructor of record
  • Gain expertise in teaching in online settings
  • Classes held online in a self-paced manner
  • Program is three units of instruction
  • Program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • How to model and teach information and digital literacy
  • How to access, evaluate, process, use, integrate, generate, and communicate information
  • How formats and communication channels impact information
  • How information and ideas are processed and transformed using digital tools
  • How to model and communicate ethical, legal and safe use of information and technology, including digital citizenship
  • How to design and provide curriculum in information and digital literacy
  • How to assess student interactions and learning
  • How to develop interventions to optimize student learning
  • How to implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate content instruction, including different formats and venues
  • Successfully complete three units of instruction (ETEC 523)
  • Applicants to the program must hold a valid California Teacher Librarian Services Credential or a previously issued equivalent, or be accepted into a California teacher librarian services credential program.