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Division 8. Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Chapter 1. Credentials Issued Under The Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970. Article 2. Credential Types, Authorizations, and Requirements. Teacher Librarian Services Credential Special Class Authorization.   

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(a) The minimum requirements for the Special Class Authorization include the following:

(1) A valid one-year nonrenewable, professional clear, clear, or life Teacher Librarian or Library Media Services Credential; Library Services Credential; Standard Elementary, Secondary, Early Childhood Education, or Junior College Teaching Credential with a specialized preparation minor in Librarianship; or General Credential in Librarianship;

(2) Completion of a Commission-approved Special Class Authorization program of professional preparation, based on the Teacher Librarian Services Credential and Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacy Program Standards (rev. 2011) available on the Commission's website and hereby incorporated by reference;

(3) A completed application form as listed in section 80001(b)(2) and the appropriate fee as specified in section 80487(a)(1); and

(4) Recommendation from a Commission-approved Teacher Librarian Services program as specified in Education Code section 44227(b).

(b) Period of Validity. The Special Class Authorization shall remain valid as long as the prerequisite credential required in (a)(1) remains valid.

(c) Authorization. The Special Class Authorization authorizes the holder to provide departmentalized instruction in information literacy, digital literacy, and digital citizenship to students in grades 12 and below, including preschool and in classes organized primarily for adults.

(d) Definitions.

(1) "Information Literacy": Knowledge of the nature, architecture, and cycle of information. The ability to access, evaluate, use, and integrate information and ideas found in print, media, and digital resources effectively, enabling students to function in a knowledge-based economy and technologically oriented society.

(2) "Digital Literacy": A lifelong learning process of capacity building for using digital technology, communications tools, and/or networks in creating, accessing, analyzing, managing, integrating, evaluating, and communicating information in order to function in a knowledge-based economy and society.

(3) "Digital Citizenship": An understanding of the ethical, legal and safe use of information and technology. Respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources including the ability to differentiate between legal and illegal uses of information and sources so that students learn to apply responsible research practices. An awareness of local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture, digital etiquette, and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225


Education Code 44203(e)

Education Code 44227(b)

Education Code 44252

Education Code 44269

Education Code 44373(c)

Education Code 44868

(Added by Register 2013, No. 3.)