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Master of Education in Library Media Studies
Salem State University offers a Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Library Media Studies, a program that prepares students to become library teachers and administers a successful school library media program. Graduates prepare to work in school settings (as opposed to business, public, or academic libraries). The program is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Classes can be taken fully online; local students may take on-campus courses.
This studies program will examine a wide range of issues in the world of library teaching. Focuses include the many aspects of school librarianship such as technology, curriculum, literacy, and administration. Students will use educational and professional resources to help them achieve their career goals; they can participate in special projects and choose from a variety of fieldwork experiences. There are 50 communities the school has a relationship with that a student can choose from to complete field work, or students can partner with a laboratory school, each of which has a different theme. This Master’s program meets the Massachusetts requirements for becoming a licensed library teacher; if a student wishes to become licensed in another state, he/she is responsible for meeting that state’s requirements.
A Media Studies Specialist, or teacher-librarian, is a certified teacher with training in librarianship. There are many roles a teacher-librarian performs, such as: teacher, information provider, and media program administrator. They can develop and implement curriculum as well as interact with children (reading, selecting books, and assisting with work). Teacher-librarians often collaborate with other teachers or librarians in programs. Finally, as Media Specialists, teacher-librarians work with and manage the school library media programs; they can establish media policies, oversee the budget, set up and maintain the space, and work with students in the area of Media Studies.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
The program is accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
This Master’s program meets the Massachusetts requirements for becoming a licensed library teacher; if a student wishes to become licensed in another state, he/she is responsible for meeting that state’s requirements.
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