Course Listing: Librarianship

We offer the following courses related to Librarianship:

Details about each of these courses is below.

  • Teacher Librarian, Part 1

    The Teacher Librarian Part 1 Additional Qualification Course introduces you to the unique role of the Teacher Librarian in the school by focusing attention on the fundamental knowledge and skills required for assuming a contributing role in your school’s Library Learning Commons (LLC). The course also supports your identification and exploration of varied avenues for demonstrating leadership, equipping you to serve the range of needs and interests presented by students, staff, and other members of the school community through the LLC. In short, Part 1 builds the foundation for acquiring and implementing knowledge, skills, and confidence for the professional journey you are taking toward future direction and management of a successful LLC.

    Specifically, the Part 1 course will immerse you in collaborative practices that promote students’ achievement, increasing your awareness and understanding of how such practices support instruction and assessment within an inquiry and research model. The course will guide your development of the knowledge and skills you need to identify the characteristics of a sound school-based library program, one that integrates MOE learning expectations for students with the OCT standards of professional practice and ethics for practitioners. Finally, Part 1 will support you in identifying opportunities for nurturing your personal leadership capacity and ability both within the candidate group and in the larger community represented by your school’s LLC stakeholders


    • An undergraduate degree acceptable to the Ontario College of Teachers
    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT

    Documents Required

    • NONE
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  • Teacher Librarian, Part 2

    The Teacher Librarian Part 2 Additional Qualification Course will expand and reinforce the knowledge, skills, and confidence you have acquired in Part 1. Specifically, it will enhance your understanding of the Library Learning Commons (LLC) as a collaborative space designed to promote student achievement across all subject/curriculum areas and to foster students’ overall success through inquiry- and research-based learning.

    Through collaborative and individual activities, you will build upon your understanding of advocacy and grow as an advocate for school libraries. To nurture your growth, you will explore varied examples of the positive impact the Teacher Librarian can have on student learning; and, through discussion and research, you will examine innovative learning initiatives suited to the inquiry- and research-based model that informs the work of the Teacher Librarian to meet the needs and styles of all learners. Finally, the Part 2 course will strengthen your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Teacher Librarian as a leader in the LLC and, thus, as a leader with school-wide influence.


    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
    • Part 1 completed
    • Minimum ONE year of certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification

    Documents Required

    • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming required teaching experience
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  • Teacher Librarian, Specialist

    The Teacher Librarian Specialist Additional Qualification Course focuses attention on the exploration of leadership theory and leadership practice. Working with peer candidates, you will refine your expertise for implementing collaborative models of inquiry and research relevant to your school’s Library Learning Commons (LLC). This specialist course will also equip you for expanding your leadership role in preparation for assuming overall management of an LLC. Through interactive and self-directed learning focused on major aspects of professional practice and the development of an independent leadership project, you will enhance the leadership knowledge and skills already acquired through Part 1 and Part 2 courses.

    You likely already provide leadership in your school community–perhaps through library advocacy or activities such as inquiry-based curriculum delivery for students; professional development for staff; community outreach for parents/guardians–activities encompassed by your school’s LLC and carried out in support of its managing leader. In this specialist course, however, you will learn ways to model professional practice beyond the virtual and physical walls of the LLC and into the whole school community and, thus, to broaden and deepen your impact on student achievement. Finally, this course will prepare you for adding mentoring to professional modelling of practice as you work collaboratively through your school’s LLC with teachers who represent all areas/subjects of the Ontario curriculum.


    • Be a member in good standing with the OCT
    • Part 2 completed
    • Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including ONE year in Librarianship

    Documents Required

    • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming teaching experience
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