Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    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.

    Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree

    Restrictions

    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.

    School Overview

    Salem State University is a four-year, public institution located in Salem, Massachusetts, that was founded in 1854 as Salem Normal School. Because of a high demand for teachers, the school thrived and expanded to include liberal arts and professional programs. Salem State began enrolling men in 1898, and after many name changes over the years became Salem State University in 2010.

    SSU awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with undergraduate and graduate certificates and licensure programs from the following schools:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Health & Human Services
    • Bertolon School of Business
    • School of Continuing & Professional Studies
    • School of Graduate Studies
    • School of Education

    Salem State offers fully-online degree programs and non-credit programs, as well as a variety of certificate programs and online courses.

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