Graduate Catalog 2019-2021

Library Media M.Ed. (Online)

Program Description

The Master of Education degree in Library Media and Instructional Technology prepares graduates for careers in the school setting or (instructional technology) for careers outside of education. The program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work. The degree program must be completed within six years of the initial date courses begin. Students may require more than 36 hours in order to qualify for certification in a particular program area. A T-4 certificate is not required for admission to the library media program of study but applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree. Non-Degree Certification programs are also available for students who already have an undergraduate degree and hold a T-4 certificate with the Georgia PSC. These degrees are not offered in a cohort model and all programs of study are fully online.

M.Ed. Prerequisites

1.   Meet minimal Grade Point Average of 2.75

2.   Be eligible for a clear renewable, level five (5) State of Georgia Certification (except Library Media)

3.   Verify two years teaching experience while holding a clear and renewable certificate (except Educational Leadership)

4.   For Educational Leadership only: if the applicant does not have a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership, two courses must be completed for full admission: 1) Leadership in School, Society and 2) School Law and Ethical Practices.) 

M.Ed. Admission Requirements

For the admissions process applicants should complete and submit the following:

1.   University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable.

2.   Two professional recommendations (pdf) using the Recommendation Form found at: http://www.gcsu.edu/sites/files/program-assets/note-939/attachments/med-leadership-gradrec.pdf.

3.   Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

4.   Passing scores on the Graduate Writing  Assessment or Waiver

5.   Passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills test

Applicants for graduate programs in the College of Education must take the Georgia College Graduate Writing Assessment, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants must pass the Georgia College Graduate Writing Assessment for admission; or present an official test score that is no more than six years old on the GRE General Test of at least 1,000 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken before August 1, 2011, or at least 305 (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GRE if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or at least 400 on the MAT. Graduates of Georgia College may waive the graduate admissions test requirements.

M.Ed. Advisement

Each candidate for the Master of Education degree is assigned a graduate advisor who serves as a mentor to the Master's Candidate and assists in proposing, scheduling and completing the Master of Education Program of Graduate Study.

M.Ed. Program of Study

The Master of Education program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work. Masters programs must be completed, with the degree awarded, within four years of the initial coursework listed on the program of study. Only those courses listed on the Program of Graduate Study fulfill degree requirements. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor prior to course enrollment, and a Change of Graduate Program of Study form submitted to the office of the Department Chairperson. Grades below a C do not fulfill degree requirements.

M.Ed. Graduate Assistantships

Limited Graduate Assistantships are available. Details and an application can be found at http://www.gcsu.edu/education/assistantships.html

M.Ed. Exit Requirements

All students must pass a comprehensive departmental exit requirement and fulfill degree requirements to graduate including an electronic portfolio presentation. Students should check with their assigned program advisor for specifics.

Transient Credit

Six semester hours in the selected field of study may be transferred from other accredited institutions with prior approval of the advisor (no transient hours are accepted in the Educational Leadership Program). The transient permission form can be found at

Academic Dismissal Policy:

Per graduate graduation requirements, a graduate student must maintain a minimum institutional GPA of 3.0 in the degree program.  A graduate student cannot earn less than a grade of C in any course to be counted for degree credit.  When a graduate student's institutional GPA falls below 3.0, that student is placed on graduate academic probation.  It is critical at this point for the student to seek guidance from his/her academic advisor in order to identify strategies for raising the institutional GPA and completing the program.

A Library Media/Instructional Technology student has the semester following placement on academic probation to raise his/her GPA to a 3.0 or above.  If the student does not raise his/her institutional GPA to the required level, the student will be dismissed fro the program.

Program of Study

I. Professional Education (12 -15* semester hours)

EDFS 6224Intro to School Improvement

3

EDFS 6225Iden Prob:Socio-Cultural Issue

3

EDFS 6226Models of Inquiry

3

EDFS 6231Rsch for School Improvement

3

EDEX 6111Exceptional Ind in Reg Classes

3

*EDEX 6111 Exceptional Individual in Regular Classes is required unless student is certified to teach in the State of Georgia.

Content Field (24 semester hours)

EDIT 5202Technology for Teachers

3

EDIT 6254Operation of the Lib Med Centr

3

EDIT 6256Info Srcs and Serv in Med Cent

3

EDIT 6263Info Tech in the Media Center

3

EDIT 6268Selection of Library Media

3

EDIT 6275Instructional Design

3

EDIT 6960Internship & Capstone

3

and

EDIT 6262Young Adult Lit/Media Center

3

or

EDIT 6264Children's Lit in Media Center

3

or

EDIT 6598Special Topics

3

EDIT 6598 is a Special Topics course.  Content field is approved to allow only this course title: "Diverse Literature for Today's Schools".

Total Credit Hours: 36

Additional Graduation Requirement: Students must take both GACE Media Specialist Tests (101 and 102).

Passing scores for GACE 101 and 102 are required for certification.

Notes:

EDEX 6111 Exceptional Individual in Regular Classes is required unless student is certified to teach in the State of Georgia.

EDIT 6202 Advanced Instructional Technology for Teachers can be used in place of EDIT 5202 Instructional Technology for Teachers when that course was completed by the student during undergraduate degree work.

 

Further Information

Prospective students desiring further information on graduate programs may contact Shanda Brand, Graduate Admissions Advisor, at Georgia College, Campus Box 70, Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Email: Shanda.Brand@gcsu.edu

Phone: 478-445-1383.  (Toll free in Georgia at 1-800-342-0471, extension 1383.)