The thirty-six (36) credit hour Library Media Education master’s program prepares students to become school librarians and results in a Master of Education in Library Media Education degree. The program aligns with the American Library Association (ALA) and American Association for School Librarians (AASL) requirements and is accredited by ALA/AASL and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE. While some of the classes are those taken by future public, academic or special librarians, the focus of this program is the school library. Oklahoma Library Media Specialist Certification is for PK-12.
Students who already hold a master’s degree but are seeking school library media specialist certification are required to take twenty-four credit hours and maintain a 3.0 gpa in all IME courses. The required courses are:
IME 5013 Young Adult Library Resources
IME 5053 School Library Administration
IME 5063 School Library Foundations
IME 5223 Collaborative Instructional Processes
IME 5233 Children’s Library Resources
IME 5453 Collection Management
IME 5863 School Library Technology
IME 5883 Capstone *
*must be taken in last semester
To begin the admission process or to ask questions regarding certification requirements, contact Carlie Wellington, College of Education and Professional Studies Graduate Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 974-5105.
Students seeking an M.Ed. in Library Media must fulfill the following requirements before they will be formally admitted to the program
The program advisor is Dr. Pat Couts and she can be reached at email@example.com or (405) 974-5888.
All coursework uses a blend of online and hybrid delivery format. Some classes are offered totally online but most classes require campus visits three (3) to five (5) times per semester.
What is the difference in your program and an ALA accredited Masters?
The Master of Education in Library Media Education is specific to those individuals who want to be a school librarian. A Master of Library Science and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited program is a broader degree, preparing those who might want to work in public, school, academic, or special libraries. UCO's program is specialized, and though it will not prepare those who want to work in other types of libraries, all course experiences, assignments, projects, etc. will be specific to PK-12 school libraries. The program aligns with the American Library Association (ALA/American Association for School Librarians (AASL) requirements and is accredited by ALA/AASL and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
What is required for me to be a school library media specialist?
In order to obtain standard, PK-12 certification, you must have: 1) teaching certification in another field (i.e. elementary education, secondary English, etc.); 2) successful completion of a Master’s degree; and 3) successful passage of the Oklahoma State Certification exam in school library media (038).
Is an alternative certification option available?
Students can become school librarians if they have alternative certification in a content area. Contact Karen Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 974-5447 about alternative certification questions.
How do I get certification as a school librarian if I already have a teaching certificate and a Masters?
If you already hold a valid teaching certificate and a Master’s degree, you are required to complete 24 hours of coursework.
Do I have to take a test to get in the program?
No. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is no longer required prior to acceptance to the program. The applicant’s undergraduate transcript must show a minimum 3.00 GPA overall or 3.00 in the last 60 hours attempted. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in all library media education courses.
Are classes offered in the summer?
Yes. Depending on UCO's summer budget, 2-3 courses are offered per summer session.
Are classes offered in the evening?
Yes. Since the majority of students in the program are working educators, all program classes are offered as evening sections. Classes begin at 4:30 or 7:30 pm. Every attempt is made, based on budget, to "stack" two courses per night so students can take six hours per semester while attending only one night per week , for all on-campus sessions..
Are classes offered by distance?
Though the program is not available completely at a distance, every attempt is being made to accommodate those All coursework uses a blend of online and hybrid delivery format. Some classes are offered totally online but most classes require campus visits three (3) to five (5) times per semester.
How long will it take me to finish the program?
It depends on your work,, your home schedule and your willingness to attend multiple nights and summers. Students have completed the program as quickly as one calendar year; some have taken as long as six years, but the average completion time is two years. Note: any coursework older than 6 years will go to half credit.
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