Library Media Program
Inquire. Include. Collaborate. Engage. Explore. Curate.*
These six words describe what goes on in a 21st Century school library. Today’s school librarians provide a learning environment where students are engaged in their learning and classroom teachers collaborate to enrich their curriculum. Librarians promote digital citizenship and teach students to use technology effectively and efficiently. Sharing their love of literature and lifelong learning is one of the best aspects of the school librarians’ day. If this sounds right for you, join us at Murray State.
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 students for certification as a school media librarian for P-12 in Kentucky.
*National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries
Choose from three tracks
Certified teachers - MA in Education in Library Media for Certification in Library Media
The degree is 30 credit hours and all classes are online. The GRE is not required for admission to the program. The Library Media Praxis must be passed with a score of 156 to receive certification from EPSB.
Bachelor’s degree or non-certified - MA in Education in Library Media for Alternative Certification, Option 6
This degree is 40 hours and requires that students be employed as a school librarian. The GRE is not required for admission, but students must pass the Praxis PLT and the Library Media Praxis to receive certification from EPSB.
Bachelor’s degree or non-certified - MA in Education in Library Media for Initial Certification
The degree is 40 hours and includes student teaching at the end of the program. Students seeking initial certification in education must meet all the requirement 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. The requirement is now that students must have taken and passed the following courses in their undergraduate program:
- ENG 101, 102, 105, or 150 with a B or higher
- MAT 117 (or higher) with a B or higher
- COM 161 or HON 165 with a B or higher