College of Education Academic Programs

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24 months | Credit Hours: 36

The online Master of Education with a Major in Media (School Library Media) degree is designed to prepare educators to become progressive, innovative, academically grounded school library media specialists; prepare school library media specialists to successfully design and administer effective school library media programs; pioneer innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences; collaborate with all stakeholders to enhance student achievement; cultivate diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and promote the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.

The School Library Media track also leads to Georgia certification in school library media. Students who have already completed a master's degree in any field can complete the school library media certification program.

Program Description

Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program. The number of hours required to complete the program depends on the prior educational background of the student. If a student has teaching certification at the bachelor's level, the program usually consists of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework including 27 hours in media and instructional technology and 9 hours in psychology, curriculum, and research. Students exit the program with a Master of Education degree in Media and after passing the Georgia Certification Exam in School Library Media, S-5 level certification in School Library Media. The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information. Contacts Dr. O.P. Cooper (Professor) ocooper@westga.edu 678-839-6108 or Vicki Griffin, vgriffin@westga.edu 678-839-5259 

Method of Delivery

Coursework is available 100% online; required orientation is also held online.

Accreditation

NCATE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

The Value of Online Learning

Save money.
Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

Earn more.
The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.

The bottom line - value.
Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.


Financial Information and Assistance
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

There is a variety of financial assistance options for graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. Visit the links below for more information.  
Office of Financial Aid
College of Education Scholarships Information
Financial Information for Veterans and Families

TK20 - Electronic Portfolio Assessment System
Students in the College of Education are required to purchase a subscription to an electronic portfolio assessment system called TK20.  For more information about TK20, visit the COE About TK20 Page.  (Note: do not buy a subscription to TK20 until you are enrolled in your program and instructed to do so.)

Coursework

The number of hours required to complete the program depends on the prior educational background of the student. If a student has teaching certification at the bachelor's level, the program usually consists of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework including 27 hours in media and instructional technology and 9 hours in psychology, curriculum, and research. Students exit the program with a Master of Education degree in Media and after passing the Georgia Certification Exam in School Library Media, S-5 level certification in School Library Media.

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

Up-to-date Program Sheets detailing programs of study are View Program Sheet.  Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

Contacts

Dr. O.P. Cooper (Professor) ocooper@westga.edu 678-839-6108

Vicki Griffin (Pre-enrollment contact) vgriffin@westga.edu, 678-839-5259

General:

Psychology of Classroom Learning - CEPD-6101

Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.

Curriculum for Educational Leaders - EDLE-6322

Description: This course provides in class and field experiences for students in the investigation of current curriculum literature and in the identification and creation of organizational patterns/designs which support both short and long range school goal setting. Students will learn to coordinate and synthesize curriculum development, utilize appropriate instructional designs including delivery, management and resources, as well as to reflect on the interpretation and utilization of test results for the improvement of instructional programs.

Research in Education - EDRS-6301

Description: The study of the general principles of qualitative and quantitative research designs with an emphasis on students becoming consumers of educational research.

Administration of the School Media Center - MEDT-6461

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

Cataloging - MEDT-6463

Description: Introduction to classification systems with an emphasis on Dewey Classification System, Sears Subject Headings, and social networking factors related to authority control.

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.

Media Program - MEDT-6466

Description: Provides an overview and practical experiences in the multiple facets of the total school library media program. Integration of information skills into the total school curriculum is emphasized.

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.

Automating School Media Center - MEDT-7478

Description: Introduction to school library media automation procedures including CIP, AACR@, and MARC records, and the operation and maintenance of automation systems.

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.

Faculty

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

  • Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
  • A teaching certificate is not required for this program.
  • GPA of 3.0 on most recent degree
  • Must have a passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (formerly Basic Skills Assessment) or
  • Score a minimum score ACT of 43 (English/Math); SAT 1000 (verbal/math); or GRE 1030 (Verbal/Quantitative; after 8-1-11, 297 Verbal/Quantitative) or
  • A certified teacher 

Application Deadlines

Fall 2013 - July 21

Summer 2013 - April 15

Spring 2013 - November 30

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6125 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email:cberry@westga.edu

Office of Graduate Studies
College of Education
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street

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 (Professor)  ocooper@westga.edu 678-839-6108

Vicki Griffin (Pre-enrollment contact) vgriffin@westga.edu 678-839-5259

Dates

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

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

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

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.