ETF Academic Programs


12-24 months| Credit Hours: Varies

The online Post-Baccalaureate Non-degree Certification in Media (School Library Media) program is designed to prepare educators in the following ways:

  •     Preparing progressive, innovative, academically grounded school library specialists and instructional technology leaders;
  •     Enabling teachers and school library media specialists to successfully integrate technology into their learning environments to support student learning;
  •     Building and enhancing skills in research and program evaluation to support instructional growth and improvement;
  •     Pioneering innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences;
  •     Cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and
  •     Promoting the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.

Program Description

Students who hold a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution may apply for admission to the School Library Media Certification program. The number of hours required to complete the program depends on the prior educational background of the student. Students exit the program eligible for S-5 level certification in School Library Media (after also passing the GACE Media Specialist content exam). 

Students may begin the program any semester. Specific course requirements are determined through consultation with academic advisors. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner.

Required orientation materials are available online.


Dr. O.P. Cooper, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, 678-839-6151 or Vicki Griffin, Pre-enrollment Contact,, 678-839-5259

Method of Delivery

Coursework is available 100% online.


The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

This program accredited by NCATE.

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: Varied
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees


The number of hours required to complete the program depends on the prior educational background of the student. For applicants who enter with teaching certification, the program typically consists of 21 hours of School Library Media coursework. Students exit the program eligible for S-5 certification in School Library Media after passing the Georgia Certificaion exam in School Library Media.


Administration of the School Media Center - MEDT-6461

Description: An overview of the procedures in planning, administering and evaluating a school media program.

Selection and Materials - MEDT-6465

Description: An overview of current materials, including all genre of print and no-print, all formats of fiction and non-fiction materials. An introduction to the criteria of evaluation and the tools and techniques used in selecting all types of materials and equipment for school library media centers.

Instructional Design - MEDT-7461

Description: The course provides an overview of systematic approaches to instructional planning, development, and evaluation.

Online Reference Sources and Services - MEDT-7474

Description: An introduction to reference sources and services, with, emphasis upon online sources and services, and to the development of reference skills in P-12 learners.

Technology for Media Services - MEDT-7477

Description: An introduction to technology for media services including basic computer operations, troubleshooting, and networking; internet issues, resources and applications; video resources and production; and technology training and instruction. MEDT 6401 or equivalent; MEDT 7461.

Cataloging and Automating - MEDT-7478

Description: Introduction to school library media cataloging and automation procedures including Sears, Dewey, CIP, and MARC records.

Practicum - MEDT-7487

Description: Current issues in school media centers will be examined. Course requirements will include exhibiting professionalism and documenting impact on learning. Documentation of all volunteer experiences completed throughout the program will be compiled. An electronic program portfolio will be developed and prepared for sharing with peers and instructors.


This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
  • 2.7 GPA or higher in most recent degree
  • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, or one of the following exemption options:
      • Teacher certification
      • ACT score of 43 or higher (English/Math)
      • SAT score of 1000 or higher (Verbal/Math)
      • GRE score of 297 (Verbal/Quantitative) (1030 if prior to 8/1/2011)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - July 21
  • Spring - Nov 15
  • Summer - April 15

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here:

NOTE: Online students may qualify for a term-by-term exemption to the immunization policy. Contact the Immunization Clerk for more information.


College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-5430 or Fax: 678-839-6174

The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

Dr. O.P. Cooper, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator,, 678-839-6108 or Vicki Griffin, Pre-enrollment contact,, 678-839-5259


Specific graduate deadlines are listed here:

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

Specific dates for Admissions, Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at

Learning Objectives

  • Candidates demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills
  • Candidates develop, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for all students
  • Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions and ethics
  • Candidates demonstrate ability to serve needs of diverse populations, including special needs