ALA and AASL: Assuring Quality in School Librarianship Education Programs
All programs submitting initial program reports must use the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2010), approved by NCATE in 2010. The 2010 standards consist of five standards, each with four elements. The five standards are Teaching for Learning, Literacy and Reading, Information and Knowledge, Advocacy and Leadership, and Program Management and Administration. Each standard is followed by a rubric for use by reviewers, a research piece to support that standard, and references.
Also available are the 2010 standards with supporting items (introduction, NCATE state partnerships, training for faculty and states, reviewer criteria and training, etc.).
Please Note: In July of 2013, NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) consolidated to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Under this consolidation, NCATE became a subsidiary of CAEP maintaining its recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the purpose of maintaining the accreditation of educator preparation providers until such time as said providers come up for accreditation under CAEP.
For school librarians, the appropriate first professional degree is either of the following:
A master's degree from a program accredited by ALA,
A master's degree with a specialty in school librarianship from a program recognized by AASL in an educational unit accredited by CAEP.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) works with educators and practitioners from the school library community to conduct reviews of school librarianship education programs in cooperation with CAEP.
Through this review process, ALA/AASL has the opportunity to influence not only the pre-service education of the majority of school librarians who are educated in non-ALA accredited programs, but also to help teachers and administrators develop appropriate expectations for school librarians in Information Age schools.
AASL School Library program review information
AASL only recognizes master's programs. Program reviews are conducted as a part of CAEP's unit accreditation process.