The M.S. in Library Media Education requires a minimum of 30 semester hours plus a research course/tool for a total of 33 hours. Students may transfer up to nine hours of graduate coursework into the LME program with the approval of their advisor. There are certain conditions under which the research tool may be waived. Students must contact the program advisor regarding these conditions.
There are two concentration areas to choose from: the Library Media Specialist focus and the Educational Technology focus. Requirements for each are listed below:
- Library Media Specialist Concentration:
- The LMS 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 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. The Educational Technology Certificate is indicated on the university transcript and can be obtained by certified teachers and non-certified students. Certified teachers may obtain the Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement P-12 through the Educational Technology Concentration.
Initial Certification as School Media Librarian in Kentucky:
A person with no prior teacher certification at the undergraduate level can obtain the certification as a P-12 School Media Librarian in Kentucky with the LMS Focus. Eligibility for initial certification requires students be admitted to Graduate School and Teacher Education at WKU. The process for being admitted to Teacher Education is based on gaining acceptance to the LME program and completing an admissions packet for Teacher Education. Completion of the LME program certifies the individual only as a P-12 LMS in Kentucky and not as a classroom teacher. See the WKU advising page for Teacher Education admission forms.
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.
The Library Media Education Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Association for Educational Communication Technology (AECT). 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.
Please visit the Library Media Education website for additional certification requirements and information on the professional portfolio process: www.wku.edu/lme/.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Certain courses may offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully. A complete schedule of course offerings is available at www.wku.edu/lme/mastercours.php. Contact Marge Maxwell, the academic advisor for the program, for additional information on course offerings at email@example.com or call (270) 745-3446.For advising information, forms required for the LME program, and additional information about the program itself, visit www.wku.edu/lme/.