Educational Media Online Program
The Master of Education degree program in Educational Media with a certificate in Library Media is designed to prepare students to plan, design, and administer library/media centers and qualify students to serve as School Library Media Specialists in a P-12 educational setting. This program is offered entirely online.
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, appropriate interpersonal functioning.
Successful completion of this program may qualify the candidate for the Class “A” Professional Educator Certificate in Library Media Specialist provide that they already hold a Class “B” Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field.
Applications for the Educational Media program are reviewed throughout the year. Requirements for admission are (in addition to the general Graduate School Standards):
- A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
- One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
- Two (2) 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.
- A two (2) 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 makes the applicant a good candidate for helping P-12 students learn.
- For the Master’s degree, Baccalaureate-level or Master’s degree level VALID Certificate in a teaching field. For the endorsement only option, a Master’s degree level VALID certificate in a teaching field or another area of instructional support.
- Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Analytical Writing component (required of all applicants, regardless of degrees and certificates previously earned).
- A Resume with a chronology of professional employment.
Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the USA Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, 390 Alumni Circle, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002.
Application submission deadlines:
- Fall admission - June 15
- Spring admission - December 1
- Summer admission - April 1
The final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, GRE scores, Letters of Recommendation, applicant’s statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment availability.
School Library Media Specialist Certification Options
Option 1 :
Master of Education Degree with Certification in Library Media (30 semester hours)
Students entering this program must have valid Baccalaureate-level or Master’s degree level professional educator certification in a teaching field.
Alabama Class “A” Endorsement in Library Media (21 semester hours)
To be eligible for this program, students must have a Master’s degree and valid Alabama Class “A” certification in a teaching field.
Program Requirements include:
- Completing the Educational Media Core (21 semester hours) with a minimum grade of “B” in all core courses and a satisfactory performance in each of the three Internship experiences.
- Passing a written Comprehensive and Portfolio Examination
- Passing the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialists
- Having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time that application for certification is submitted.
Edward C. Lomax, Ph.D.
Ph: (251) 380-2637