The major in media is designed to prepare school library media specialists and instructional technologists at the graduate level. The master's program requires 36 semester hours and consists of two program tracks: (1) media specialist with certification and (2) instructional technology with no exit certification. Students who want school library media specialist certification and do not have, or are not eligible for, Georgia teaching certificates may need additional hours.
In track one, candidates are provided with educational experiences to prepare them to work in P-12 settings as media specialists. Students acquire skills that are necessary to design and deliver an effective school library media program as well as evaluate its effectiveness through formative and summative measures.
Track two candidates are provided with opportunities to prepare them for work in P-12 settings as instructional technologists. The focus is on developing skills that are essential to effective technology planning, integrating technology into the classroom curriculum, problem solving for technology-related issues, and making use of formative and summative data for technology decisions.
All master's programs require a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfactory GRE or MAT scores.
Both tracks require 3 hours in educational psychology, 3 hours in curriculum, and 3 hours in research. In addition, track one candidates must take 27 hours in school library media, and track two candidates must take 27 hours in media and instructional technology.