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Library Media Program

Library Media Program Coordinator:
Dr. Johan Koren
Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling Department
3201 Alexander Hall • Murray  KY 42071

Libraries are not just for books any more—technology is just as important. Overall, school libraries are about literacy—21st century literacy—reading all kinds of documents, both print and online, and knowing how to use them to answer questions and support your research. If your passion isn’t just about Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter, but also includes wikis and Facebook, if helping kids learn and learn how to learn excites you, then library media is for you.

Murray State University offers a master’s degree in education in library media that is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree or above. Candidates with a master’s degree who are looking for a rank change may take this program, since a second master’s degree qualifies for a Rank I. The degree, together with the Praxis II for Library Media Specialist, will qualify you for certification as a school media librarian for P-12 in Kentucky.

There are two tracks:

If you are already certified as a teacher, you will take the following:

MA in Education in Library Media for Certification in Library Media

The degree is 34 credit hours, most of which are online, except for 4 practicum classes, where you work in a school library under the supervision of an experienced certified school media librarian. The GRE is not required for admission to the program.

If you do not have a prior certification, you will take the following:

MA in Education in Library Media for Initial Certification

This track is also 34 credit hours, but includes 12 weeks of student teaching at the end of the program. Students seeking initial certification in education (not currently certified in any educational area) must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education, including completing 200 hours of field experience, in compliance with 16 KAR 5:040 (3). The GRE is not required for admission to the program, but for entry into teacher education, you are required to have a minimum score of 400 in both the verbal and quantitative areas of the GRE, or you can take the PPST, with minimum scores of 173 in math and in reading and 172 in writing.

Career Outlook: There will always be a need for school media librarians in Kentucky and elsewhere in the nation. Kentucky law requires that “Schools shall employ a school media librarian to organize, equip, and manage the operations of the school media library.” In addition, the bill Strengthening America’s Schools Act, the revision of No Child Left Behind, now going through Congress, includes provisions and funding for staffing of all school libraries with state certified or licensed school librarians.


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