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The Department of Professional Studies offers two options for Education Media entirely over the Internet:

 
Option 1:
Master of Education Degree with Certification in Library Media
 
 
 
Option 2:
Alabama Class "A" Certification in Library Media with an existing Master's Degree.
 
 


These programs prepare students to plan, design, and administer library/media centers and qualify them to serve as School Library Media Specialists/Librarians in P-12 schools. For students who already hold a Class "B" certificate in a teaching field, both options will lead to P-12 certification in Alabama. Because the programs are nationally recognized and accredited, graduates may be able to qualify for certification in states other than Alabama.

The online format offers students the flexibility and convenience of taking graduate courses at home, at the office, or wherever they have access to the Internet. These programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library and other services.

Satisfactory progress in the program will be predicated on a combination of factors such as academic success, demonstration of competence in requisite skills, adherence to ethical standards, and appropriate interpersonal functioning. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory competence with any of these critical areas of professional performance may be terminated from the program. Core faculty will evaluate students on a continuing basis to determine students' satisfactory progression through the program.

 
Admission to the Program
 
Applications for the Educational Media program are reviewed throughout the year. Although there are published deadlines for each semester, we have flexibility and will review your file at any time, so please begin the application process today. Requirements for admission are (in addition to the general Graduate School Standards):

1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.

2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities. In addition, the letters should reference the applicant's dispositions necessary to help P-12 students learn.

4. A two-page narrative from the applicant indicating the applicant's goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the field of Educational Media, and the dispositions that make the applicant a good candidate for helping P-12 students learn.

5. Valid Certification: For the master's degree, baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. For the endorsement only, an Alabama Class "A" certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area.

6. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the written component (required of all applicants, regardless of degrees and certificates previously earned).

7. A resume with a chronology of professional employment.

Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above. Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of recommendation, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.


 
Technology Requirements
 
Students entering this program must have access to a computer that contains the Microsoft Office® suite. Specifically, the programs should include Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. An academic price is available to students and teachers at a substantial savings through the University of South Alabama Bookstore (1-888-JAGS-RAH). Because students will be required to spend a great deal of time searching the Web, a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.

 

Option 1:  Master of Education Degree with Certification in Library Media
(33 semester hours)

 
Program Requirements
 
Students entering this program must have valid baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:

1. Completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") on all work attempted. A minimum grade of "B" is required for all EDM courses, and a satisfactory performance is required in each of the internship experiences.

2. Passing a written comprehensive and portfolio examination.

3. Passing the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialists.

4. Having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time application for certification is submitted.

 



Option 2: Alabama Class "A" Certification in Library Media
(33 semester hours minus previous completed support courses up to 12 semester hours)

 
Program Requirements
 
To be eligible for this program,students must have a master's degree and valid Alabama Class "A" certification in a teaching field or instructional support area, and must have completed the equivalent graduate coursework (12 semester hours) listed under Instructional Support in the table below. Program requirements include:

1. Completing the Educational Media Core (21 semester hours) as outlined below, with a minimum grade of "B" in all core courses and a satisfactory performance in each of the internship experiences.

2. Passing a written comprehensive and portfolio examination.

3. Passing the PRAXIS II test for Library Media Specialists.

4. Having at least two years of successful teaching experience at the time application for certification is submitted.

 
 
Courses

 
Educational Media Core
(21 semester hours)
 
EDM 510 Microcomputing Systems in Education (3 hours)

EDM 533 Curriculum Media for Children (3 hours)
EDM 552 Curriculum Media for Young Adults (3 hours)
EDM 580 Information Literacy (3 hours)
EDM 581 Media Center Management (3 hours)
EDM 583 Library Media Programs (3 hours)
EDM 595 Internship A (prerequisite: EDM 581) (1 hour)
EDM 595 Internship B (prerequisite: EDM 580) (1 hour)
EDM 595 Internship C (prerequisite: EDM 583) (1 hour)

 
  Instructional Support
(12 semester hours)
 
EPY 502 Psychological Principles of Learning (3 hours)
EDF 515 Multicultural Education (3 hours)
IDE 510 Educational Research and Evaluation (3 hours)
SPE 500 Nature & Needs of Exceptional Children and Youth (3 hours)

(If a survey course in Special Education was previously taken at the undergraduate or graduate level, an advisor-approved elective may be taken in lieu of SPE 500.)
 
 
You will be required to accumulate a total of 300 contact hours during the three internships: A, B, and C (100 hours in each). Of the 300 total hours, 150 must be accumulated in a P-12 school library media center. Although it is preferred that you accumulate all internship hours in a P-12 school library media center, other settings may be approved, such as a public or university library. Internship A MUST be conducted in a school library media center. Of the 300 total hours, at least 100 must be accumulated at the elementary level (K-6) and at least 100 at the secondary level (7-12); the remaining 100 may be at the level(s) of your choice. Although it is your responsibility to initiate the internship experiences (determine the internship sites and seek preliminary approval from the school administrators), the professors will work with you to schedule the internship experiences as conveniently as possible. The supervising library media specialist must be certified, currently employed as a media specialist, and have at least three successful years as a media specialist.


Planned Course Offerings

 
FALL
 
SPRING    
 
SUMMER    
 
 
EDM 510
EDM 533
EDM 580
EDM 595 (A,B,C)
IDE 510
EPY 502
SPE 500
EDF 515
 

EDM 510
EDM 583
EDM 581
EDM 595 (A,B,C)
IDE 510
EPY 502
SPE 500
EDF 515

 
EDM 510
IDE 510
EPY 502
SPE 500
EDF 515
RED 541
ELT 558
EPY 525

 

  For currently available online courses, please visit the Course Catalog. For more information about the Educational Media program, contact the departmental secretary, Ms.Gail McLean, (gmclean@southalabamal.edu), University of South Alabama, College of Eduation, Department of Professional Studies, UCOM 3800, Mobile, AL 36688.

 
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