Program Overview

The University of West Alabama offers a program in Library Media: Non Certification. This program requires individuals to complete 33 credit hours and does not qualify students for any teaching certificate in the State of Alabama. Out-of-state students should check the certification requirements of their respective state.

To be admitted to this program, prospectives student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and hold a valid master's degree with at least 18 hours in Library Media coursework.

Once admitted, students will complete a variety of courses such as Advanced Educational Law, Models of Exemplary Leadership in Education, Curriculum Design, Advanced Educational Research, Strategic Planning for School Library Media Specialists, Library Automation, Instructional Design, Developmentally Appropriate and Culturally Responsible School Library Media Programs, Designing School Library Media Centers, The School Library Media Center and School Reform, and Library Leadership and Collaborative Problem Solving.

The following requirements must be met prior to completion of the sixth-year programs. Candidates must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than "C". Students must make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the teacher education program. Lastly, students must demonstrate leadership ability in his or her area of specialization.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    All teacher certification programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

    Requirements

    To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and hold a valid master's degree with at least 18 hours in Library Media coursework.

    Restrictions

    This degree does not qualify a student for any teaching certificate in the State of Alabama. Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification requirements of their respective state.

    School Overview

    The University of West Alabama, also known as UWA, is a public university that is situated on a rural, 600 acre campus in Livingston, Alabama. UWA was established in 1835 as a church-affiliated female school known as the Livingston Female Academy. UWA was founded by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, and its purpose was to provide an education to future teachers while also offering classes in music, art, home economics and languages. The name of the institution changed to the Alabama Normal College for Girls and Livingston Female Academy in 1883, and offered students the choice of either two or four year academic programs.  In 1929, the college was renamed the Livingston State Teachers College, and became Livingston State College in 1957, Livingston University in 1967 and received its current name, The University of West Alabama, in 1995.

    UWA offers bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees through the following academic divisions:

    • College of Business and Technology
    • College of Education
    • College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Division of Nursing
    • School of Graduate Studies

    The online program at UWA offers master’s and education specialist degrees, and also offers bachelor's degrees in business technology, business administration, and accounting. Online courses are offered over the time frame of eight weeks, and five sessions are available per year, which makes it possible for students to finish their program in an accelerated manner.

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