Educator Certification Program Details

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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 have already completed a master's degree in any field can complete the school library media certification program. 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 eligible for, S-5 level certification in School Library Media after passing the Georgia Certification exam in School Library Media.

Students may begin the program any semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. 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.

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 678-839-6151

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: varies
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: varies

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

Students who have already completed a master's degree in any field can complete the school library media certification program. 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 eligible for, S-5 level certification in School Library Media after passing the Georgia Certification exam in School Library Media.

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

General:

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 who have already completed a master's degree in any field can complete the school library media certification program. Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program. 
  • 3.0 GPA on most recent degree.
  • For general advisement on COE graduate admissions, contact the COE Graduate Studies Office at 678-839-5430.
  • For further information regarding SAT/ACT/GRE scores, please see http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/index_464.php

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - July 21
  • Spring - Nov 30
  • Summer - April 15

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

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

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

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: 678-839-5430 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email:cberry@westga.edu

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 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.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Use Information and ideas: Encourage reading and lifelong learning by stimulating interests and fostering competencies in the effective use of ideas and information; apply a variety of strategies to ensure access to resources and information in a variety of formats to all members of the learning community; promote efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior as part of the school library media program and its services
  • Teaching and Learning: model and promote collaborative planning with classroom teachers in order to teach concepts and skills of information processes integrated with classroom content; partner with other education professionals to develop and deliver an integrated information skills curriculum; design and implement instruction that engages the student?s interests, passions, and needs which drive their learning
  • Collaboration and Leadership: Provide leadership and establish connections with the greater library and education community to create school library media programs that focus on students learning and achievement; encourage the personal and professional growth of teachers and other educators, and model the efficient and effective use of information and ideas
  • Program Administration: administer the library media program in order to support the mission of the school, and according to the principles of best practice in library science and program administration