Library Media Program
Libraries are not just for books any more—in fact, they never really have been. Learning is the focus, in school libraries, especially. Overall, school libraries are about learning, leadership, and literacy—specifically, 21st century literacy, which involves reading all kinds of documents, both print and online, and knowing how to use them to answer questions and support your research. If your passion isn’t just about Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter, but also includes wikis, blogs, and Facebook, if helping kids learn and learning how to learn excites you, then library media is for you.
Murray State University offers a master’s degree in education in library media. The program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree or above. Candidates with a master’s degree who are looking for a rank change may take this program, since a second master’s degree qualifies for a Rank I. The degree, together with the Praxis II for Library Media Specialist, will qualify you for certification as a school media librarian for P-12 in Kentucky.
There are two tracks:
- MA in Education in Library Media for Certification in Library Media
- MA in Education in Library Media for Initial Certification
The degree requires 33 credit hours, most of which are available online, with the exception of 3 practicum classes, in which you will work in a school library under the supervision of an experienced and certified school media librarian. The GRE is not required for admission to the program if you are already certified as a teacher. If you do not have a prior certification, this track still requires 33 credit hours but includes a full semester of student teaching at the end of the program. Students seeking initial certification in education (not currently certified in any educational area) must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education, including completing 200 hours of field experience in compliance with 16 KAR 5:040, regarding admission, placement, and supervision in student teaching. See the requirements for the Teacher Education Program. For more details on these requirements, contact Teacher Education Services.
There will always be a need for school media librarians in Kentucky and elsewhere in the nation. Kentucky law requires that “Schools shall employ a school media librarian to organize, equip, and manage the operations of the school media library.” In addition, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or what was previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), includes language that emphasizes “effective school library programs.”