University Bulletin 2016-17

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Educational Media (M.Ed.) – Library Media

The Department of Professional Studies offers two options entirely over the Internet: Master of Education Degree with Certification in Library Media, and Alabama Class "A" Certification in Library Media. These options prepare students to plan, design, and administer school libraries and qualify them to serve as school librarians in P-12 schools. Because the programs are nationally recognized and accredited graduates may be able to qualify for certification in states other than Alabama.

For certification as a library media specialist by the State Department of Education, one must have completed a basic program in a teaching field.  Eligibility for certification requires two years of appropriate professional experience.  See specific requirements for each program.  The initial certificate is valid for five years.

The online format offers students the flexibility and convenience of taking graduate courses at home, at the office, or wherever they have access to the Internet. The programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library and student services.

Satisfactory progress in the program will be predicated on a combination of factors such as academic success, demonstration of competence in requisite skills, adherence to ethical standards, and appropriate interpersonal functioning. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory competence with any of these critical areas of professional performance may be terminated from the program. Core faculty will evaluate students on a continuing basis to determine students' satisfactory progression through the program.

Admission requirements

Applications for the Educational Media program are reviewed throughout the year. Deadlines for all application materials (specified below) are: Fall admission - June 15; Spring admission - December 1; and Summer admission - April 1 . Requirements for admission are (in addition to the general Graduate School Standards):

  1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
  2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities. In addition, the letters should reference the applicant's dispositions necessary to help P-12 students learn.
  4. A two page narrative from the applicant indicating the applicant's goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the field of Educational Media, and the dispositions that make the applicant a good candidate for helping P-12 students learn.
  5. For the master's degree, baccalaureate-level or master's level VALID Certificate in teaching field. For the endorsement only, a master's level VALID Certificate in a teaching field or another area of instructional support.
  6. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Analytical Writing component (required of all applicants, regardless of degrees and certificates previously earned).
  7. A resume with a chronology of professional employment.

Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above. Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of recommendation, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.

Students entering this program must have access to a computer that contains the current Microsoft Office® suite. Specifically, the programs should include Microsoft Word®, Access®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, and Publisher®. Because students will be required to spend a great deal of time searching the Internet, a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.

Master of education degree with certification in library media

(33 semester hours)

Students entering this program must have valid baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:

  1. Completing a minimum of 30 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") on all work attempted. A minimum grade of "B" is required for all EDM courses, and a satisfactory performance is required in each of the internship experiences.
  2. Passing a written comprehensive and portfolio examination.
  3. Passing the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialist having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time application for certification is submitted.
Master Of Education Degree With Certification In Library Media Credit Hours
Educational Media Core Courses  18
EDM 510 or EDM 520  
EDM 533  
EDM 552  
EDM 580  
EDM 581  
EDM 583  
With the exception of EDM 510, enrollment is limited to Educational Media majors only.  
Internship 3
EDM 595-A (prerequisite EDM 581)  
EDM 595-B (prerequisite EDM 580)  
EDM 595-C (prerequisite EDM 583)  
See additional information below.  
Instructional Support Courses 9
EPY 502  
IDE 510  
SPE 500 (If a survey course in Special Education was previously taken at the undergraduate or graduate level, an advisor-approved elective may be taken in lieu of SPE 500.)  

Alabama Class "A" Certification in Library Media (21 semester hours)

To be eligible for admission to this program, students must have a valid Alabama master's level certification in a teaching field or a valid master's level certification in another area of instructional support and must have completed the equivalent graduate course work listed under Instructional Support Courses for the master's degree (9 semester hours).Program requirements include:

  1. Completing the Educational Media Core (21 semester hours) as outlined below, with a minimum grade of "B" in all core courses and a satisfactory performance in each of the internship experiences.
  2. Passing a written comprehensive and portfolio examination.
  3. Passing the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialist.
  4. Having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time application for certification is submitted.
Alabama Class "A" Certification In Library Media (21 Semester Hours) Credit Hours
Educational Media Core Courses  18
EDM 510 or EDM 520  
EDM 533  
EDM 552  
EDM 580  
EDM 581  
EDM 583  
With the exception of EDM 510, enrollment is limited to Educational Media majors only.  
Internship 3
EDM 595-A (prerequisite EDM 581)  
EDM 595-B (prerequisite EDM 580)  
EDM 595-C (prerequisite EDM 583)  
See additional information below.  
In addition, a survey course in Special Education is required if not previously taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Students will be required to accumulate a total of 300 contract hours during the three internships: A, B, and C (100 hours in each). Of the 300 contact total hours, 150 must be accumulated in a P-12 school library. Although it is preferred that all internship hours are accumulated in a P-12 school library, other settings may be approved such as a public or university library. Internship A MUST be conducted in a school library. Of the 300 total hours, at least 100 must be at the elementary level (K-6) and at least 100 at the secondary level (7-12); the remaining 100 may be at the level(s) of choice. It is the students' responsibility to initiate the internship experiences by: identifying potential sites and obtaining on-site administrative approval. Final approval of internship arrangements will be made by program faculty. The supervising library media specialist must be certified, currently employed as a media specialist, and have at least three successful years as a media specialist.

Department of Professional Studies Staff    
(251) 380-2861
Chair James R. Stefurak
Professors Dagley, Davidson-Shivers, Dempsey, Hayes, Johnson, Litchfield, Van Haneghan           
Associate Professors Fregeau, Lewis, Millner, Stefurak
Assistant Professors

Browning, Lomax, McDermott, Pfaffman, Upton

Instructors Tashbin

Department of Professional Studies website
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/coe/ps

Department of professional studies

The Department of Professional Studies offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Media (leading to certification in Library Media), and in  School Counseling leading to certification as a school counselor, and the Master of Science degree in Educational Media & Technology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Instructional Design. The department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development.  The department collaborates with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver the Ph.D. degree in Combined-Integrated Clinical & Counseling Psychology. Finally, the department offers the B.S. degree in Instructional Design & Performance Improvement.

Interdepartmental education

Faculty within the department offer foundational coursework in Education Technology, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, and Educational Research. These courses are offered for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the college and are designed to broaden and strengthen degree-area preparation.