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The Master of Education in Library Media Education meets the requirements set forth by the Oklahoma State Department of Education for standard certification as a School Library Media Specialist for grades PK-12. Upon completion of this specialized program, students will have developed a theoretical, philosophical and practical knowledge base and prescribed competencies upon which to enter the common school, private school, and other institutional job markets in school librarianship.

The major enables students to earn an M.Ed. in Library Media Education that includes all the components for Oklahoma School Library Media Specialist Certification and allows students already holding an M.Ed. to complete 24 hours of specialized course work for Library Media Specialist certification. While some of the classes are those taken by the future public, academic or special librarians, the focus of this program is the school library. Oklahoma Library Media Specialist Certification is for PK-12. 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.


Student Learning Objectives

Guided by (ALA) – American Library Association and (AASL) – American Association of School Librarians:
  • Design and implement instruction that engages students’ interests and develops their ability to inquire, think critically, gain and share knowledge.
  • Promote reading for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment.
  • Model and promote ethical, equitable access to and use of physical, digital, and virtual collections of resources.
  • Develop a plan to advocate for the school library and information programs, resources, and services.
  • Evaluate school library programs, resources and services in support of the mission of the library program within the school.

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Library Media Specialist Certification

All students must complete a portfolio with prescribed documents, successfully pass the School Library Media Specialist Oklahoma Subject Area Test (038) with an 80% or higher score and must have a teaching certification in an initial area within the first twelve (12) hours of their coursework. 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 courses.

Certification Courses and Requirements


Career Opportunities

  • Public School Library Media Specialist
  • Private School Library Media Specialist