GRADUATE PROGRAM IN LIBRARY MEDIA EDUCATION
The Master of Science with a major in LME is a dual concentration program in information services (LMS) and educational technology (EDTECH). It prepares persons for service as library media specialists, training development specialists, educational technology specialists, and information service specialists in schools, colleges, public libraries, and private organizations.
Program Description: The Master of Science degree is a 30-hour program with a research tool requirement. A fifteen-hour core of courses, a program concentration, plus a research tool are required. Students who seek teacher certification in school library media or educational technology must follow the requirements for teacher certification. Both may be used for the Kentucky Rank II or Rank I salary levels.
Library Media Specialist Concentration: The Library Media (LMLM) concentration prepares professionals for work in information service organizations like public libraries, library media centers in P-12 schools, and positions as library assistants in college and university libraries. A program of study in information services can be planned to meet the certification requirements for school library media specialists in Kentucky and other states. It also meets the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives requirements for certification for the Professional Certificate II for public librarians.
Educational Technology Concentration: The Educational Technology Concentration (LMET) prepares professionals who work with training and development specialists to incorporate technology into instruction/training, who serve as trainers of employees in the use of technology, and who are certified teachers that are educational technology specialists in P-12 settings. Certified teachers may obtain the Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement P-12 through the Educational Technology Concentration. The Kentucky P-12 Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement requires a teaching certificate. Students in the Educational Technology Concentration who are not seeking certification may obtain the Educational Technology Certificate, which is listed on the university transcript.
Changes in Kentucky Teaching Ranks: The certification programs offered by the Master of Science in LME may be used to obtain the Rank II and Rank I status by Kentucky certified teachers. If a student earned a master’s degree in their Rank II program and then completes a Rank I certification only program, 60 unduplicated hours must be earned to obtain the Rank I status. However, if a student completes a Rank II certification only program and a Rank I certification only program, 62 hours must be earned to obtain the Rank I.
Kentucky Public Library Certification: The information services (LMS) concentration meets the requirements of the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives Professional Certificate II for Library Directors serving a population of more than 15,000.
Program Accreditation: The Library Media Education Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It is recognized by the American Association for School Librarians (AASL) as a nationally recognized master’s program for the preparation of school library media specialists.