Program Overview

The Master of Science in Library Media Education program at Minnesota State University-Mankato is an online degree that satisfies most library media licensure requirements for states all over the country.  The program prepares students to meet the needs of modern media education.  Students who have teaching licenses through MSU’s Library Media Education Licensure Program can earn this degree with only an additional six credits.  Courses are aligned with the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education and the Board of Teaching.

The program requires several core courses that include various topics such as research methodology, scholarly writing, information resources, materials for children, and technology for the school librarian. Other content areas include technology, management and organization, philosophy and vision, materials, and a final internship.  Courses are taught by trained faculty using the Quality Matters approach to online training.  Students are also required to complete a research paper, project, thesis, or manuscript as their capstone.

Those who complete this program will have a number of advantages within the education field.  They will be able to use interactive multimedia to enhance student interactions, customize courses to meet the needs of their students, and integrate learning and technology as a response to diversity and the learning environment.  During the program, students must maintain a “B” or above average and must complete a minimum of 50 percent of the coursework at the 600 level (excluding thesis or APP credits).  Please note that Minnesota requires Library Media Specialists to hold a Minnesota teaching license, which can be obtained through the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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