Library Media Education, Master of Science (083)

LibraryMedia

http://www.wku.edu/ste/


Program Coordinator

Margaret G. Maxwell, marge.maxwell@wku.edu, (270) 745-2435

The Master of Science with a major in LME is a dual concentration program in information services (LMS) and educational technology (EDTECH). It prepares persons for service as library media specialists, training development specialists, educational technology specialists, and information service specialists in schools, colleges, public libraries, and private organizations.

The Master of Science degree is a 30-hour program with a research tool requirement. A fifteen-hour core of courses, a program concentration, plus a research tool are required. Students who seek teacher certification in school library media or educational technology must follow the requirements for teacher certification. Both may be used for the Kentucky Rank II or Rank I salary levels.

Concentration(s)

  • Educational Technology (LMET)
  • Library Media (LMLM)

Program Admission

Admission to the program does not require prior teacher certification, and students may complete the program without seeking any teacher certification. Students who seek initial or advanced teacher certification must follow the requirements for one of the program concentrations.

Admission requirements:

  • Submission of graduate application to the Graduate School
  • Submission of official transcripts of all college work
  • Submission of copy of teaching certificate for students seeking advanced certification or Rank change
  • Applicants must have an earned master's degree or at least a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours of coursework. Applicants must submit the following materials along with the graduate application:
    • A letter of application which should include information about the applicant’s academic and career background, professional goals and interests, and other information relevant to the applicant’s potential for success in the program
    • A current resume or vitae
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues or college/university faculty members who can provide information about the applicant’s potential for success in the MS in LME program
    • Minimum 3-page original writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s analytical writing ability.

The admission decision by program faculty is based on a review of the full set of admission documents.  Applicants should strive to provide evidence of potential for completion of the degree and success in the field of library media education.

Additional Admission Requirements for Students Seeking Initial Certification

  • Students who do not have teacher certification and are seeking initial certification in LME must meet the qualifying score on the GRE or PPST as required by Professional Education for admission to the LME program.
  • Students are also expected to apply for admission to Professional Education within the first semester of admission to the LME program and complete all Professional Education admission requirements. Information regarding the requirements for admission to Professional Education may be found at www.wku.edu/teacherservices/.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30-33 hours)

The Master of Science in Library Media Education requires a minimum of 30 hours, including the required core and program concentration, plus a research tool.

Required Courses
LME 519Special Topics in Educational Technology 10-3
or EDFN 500 Research Methods
or SPED 534 Research in Exceptional Child Education
LME 501Program Organization and Administration3
LME 512Issues in Library Media Education3
LME 535Survey of Educational Technology Practices3
LME 537Principles of Educational Technology Applications 23
LME 590Practicum 33
or LME 592 Internship in Library Media Education
Electives
Professional Specialization12
Remaining courses to be selected with the advisor approval based on prior experience, previous academic work, and career goals
Additional Elective3
Total Hours30-33
1

Or advisor approved equivalent. The research tool requirement is met by successful completion with a grade of A or B.

2

Transfer credit is not accepted for LME 537 because it requires development and implementation of an instructional design project that is a foundational component of the practicum.

3

LME 590 is for students with prior KY teaching certification or students who are not seeking teacher certification.  LME 592 is for students without prior KY teaching certification. The professional portfolio is the capstone requirement for the program. Students complete the portfolio as part of the practicum or internship courses.

Concentrations

For students who have an earned teaching certificate, the concentrations in the MS in LME degree may fulfill the requirements for a change in Kentucky teacher rank (Rank II or Rank I) and the following Kentucky state certifications in library media and/or educational technology:

  • Educational Technology P-12 Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement and change in Kentucky teaching rank.
  • Library Media Certification as a P-12 school media librarian in Kentucky and/or change in Kentucky teaching rank.

Educational Technology Concentration (LMET)

The Educational Technology Concentration (LMET) prepares professionals who work with training and development specialists to incorporate technology into instruction/training, who serve as trainers of employees in the use of technology, and who are certified teachers serving as educational technology specialists in P-12 settings. Certified teachers may obtain the Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement P-12 through the Educational Technology Concentration. The Kentucky P-12 Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement requires a teaching certificate. Students in the Educational Technology Concentration who are not seeking teacher certification may obtain the Educational Technology Certificate, which is listed on the university transcript.  A separate application is required for this certificate.

Students in the Educational Technology Concentration (LMET) must meet the requirements for the Master of Science in Library Media Education, including a minimum of 30 semester hours, program specialization courses, plus a research tool.

Educational Technology Professional Specialization 1
LME 545Educational Technology Production3
LME 547Integration of Educational Technology3
LME 550Emerging Technology in Education3
LME 737Educational Technology Leadership3
Total Hours12
1

Appropriate course in LME or other related field may be selected with the approval of the student's advisor.

Library Media Concentration (LMLM)

The Library Media (LMLM) concentration prepares professionals for work in information service organizations like public libraries, library media centers in P-12 schools, and positions as library assistants in college and university libraries. A program of study in information services can be planned to meet the certification requirements for school library media specialists in Kentucky and other states. It also meets the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives requirements for certification for the Professional Certificate II for public librarians.

The Library Media (LMLM) Concentration requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of core courses, professional specialization courses, and completion of a research tool requirement. In addition to completion of the 15-hour core and the research tool for the MS degree, the requirements for certification as a school library media specialist in most states and as a School Media Librarian P-12 in Kentucky include the following:

Library Media Specialist Professional Specialization 1
LME 502Collection Management3
LME 506Classification and Cataloging3
LME 508Information Sources and Services3
LME 518Advanced Children's Literature3
or LME 527 Thematic Approach to Young Adult Literature
Total Hours12
1

Appropriate LME courses or courses outside of LME may be selected with advisor approval. Students seeking initial certification in Library Media Education must take LME 589 as their 3 hour elective to satisfy requirements set by the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board. Students must be admitted to professional education at WKU prior to enrolling in this course.

Certification Examination

While a certification examination is not a requirement for the Master of Science in LME, Kentucky does require a passing score on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessments-Library Media Specialist for certification as a school media librarian. Students outside of Kentucky are responsible for determining the requirements for certification in their states.

Requirements for Initial Certification with the Master of Science in Library Media Education

A person who does not hold a teaching certificate may obtain initial certification in Kentucky as a Library Media Specialist upon completion of the MS in LME Program, admission to Professional Education at WKU, a passing score on a required PRAXIS II PLT examination, and a passing score on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessment-Library Media Specialist. Information regarding the requirements for admission to Professional Education may be found at www.wku.edu/ste. Students are expected to apply for admission to professional education within the first semester of admission to the LME program.