Library Education Media
An abundance of evidence strongly supports the connection between student achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school library media specialists. When library media specialists work with teachers to support learning opportunities with books, computer resources, and more, students learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores than their peers in schools without good libraries.
Scholastic Library Publishing (2008). School Libraries Work.
The College of Education's Library Education Media programs are designed to prepare professional educators to become P-12 Media Specialists. Our programs are accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). There are four routes to earning a certification as a Media Specialist, two at the Master's level and two at the Education Specialist level.
- A level-earning a Masters of Education with a specialization in Library Education Media
- AA level-earning an Education Specialist degree in Library Education Media
During the course of their professional studies, candidates engage in courses that enrich their content area skills, assist in refining connections between the media center and the classroom, allow them to focus on administration of media services, and engage them in learning criteria for book selection. The required LEM courses provide candidates with opportunities in reflective thinking as they discuss topics and engage in creating materials that demonstrate they are decision-makers.
Guidelines for admisssion to graduate programs must be followed prior to beginning coursework towards certification at either the A or AA level. Admission requirements currently include all of the following:
1. A complete application (with the $25 fee).
2. Three current recommendation forms or letters.
3. Official transcripts.
4. A copy of a valid teaching certificate (A or B as necessary).
5. GRE or MAT scores.
6. Evidence of a passing score on the GWCT exam (if necesary), at least two years of teaching experience, or special approval by the Graduate School.