24 months | Credit Hours: 36

The online Master of Education with a Major in Media (School Library Media) degree is designed to prepare educators to become progressive, innovative, academically grounded school library media specialists; prepare school library media specialists to successfully design and administer effective school library media programs; pioneer innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences; collaborate with all stakeholders to enhance student achievement; cultivate diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and promote the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.

The School Library Media concentration also leads to Georgia certification in school library media. 

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program. The program consists of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework. Students exit the program with a Masters of Education degree in Media and, after passing the GACE Media Specialist content exam, S-5 level certification in School Library Media. The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

    Students may begin the program any semester. Specific course requirements are determined through consultation with academic advisors. Any changes in the projected squenece need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner.

    Required orientation materials are available online.



    Program Location


    Method of Delivery

    Coursework is available 100% online.


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 36
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses


    The number of hours required to complete the program depends on the prior educational background of the student. If a student has teaching certification at the bachelor's level, the program usually consists of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework including 27 hours in media and instructional technology and 9 hours in psychology, curriculum, and research. Students exit the program with a Master of Education degree in Media and after passing the Georgia Certification Exam in School Library Media, S-5 level certification in School Library Media.

    The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

    Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.


    • CEPD-6101 - Psychology of Classroom Learning

      This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.

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    • EDRS-6301 - Introduction to Research in the Human Sciences

      Students will become successful consumers of research through the introduction of principles of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. Within these categories of research, students will learn the foundations of action research and single subject research.

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    • MEDT-6465 - Selection and Materials

      An overview of current materials, including all genre of print and no-print, all formats of fiction and non-fiction materials. An introduction to the criteria of evaluation and the tools and techniques used in selecting all types of materials and equipment for school library media centers.

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    • MEDT-7461 - Instructional Technology, Media, & Design

      This course prepares candidates to serve as instructional leaders in media in PK-12 schools. Candidates will use a systematic instructional design process and research-based professional learning practices to develop learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learner populations in both physical and virtual environments.

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    • MEDT-7474 - Online Reference Sources and Services

      An introduction to reference sources and services, with, emphasis upon online sources and services, and to the development of reference skills in P-12 learners.

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    • MEDT-7477 - Technology for Media Services

      An introduction to technology for media services including basic computer operations, troubleshooting, and networking; internet issues, resources and applications; video resources and production; and technology training and instruction. MEDT 6401 or equivalent; MEDT 7461.

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    • MEDT-7487 - Practicum

      This course examines current issues in school media centers and examines the five roles of the school library media specialist. Documentation of all volunteer experiences completed throughout the program will be compiled. An online portfolio will be developed and prepared for sharing with peers and instructors. This course must be taken during the last semester of the program.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from all institutions attended are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • GPA of 2.7 or higher in most recent degree
    • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, or one of the following exemption options:
      • Teacher certification
      • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment  
      • ACT score of 43 or higher (English + Math)
      • SAT score of 1000 (Verbal + Math) if taken prior to 7/1/19. If taken after 7/1/19, SAT score of 1080 (Evidence Based Reading/ Writing + Math)
      • GRE score of 297 (Verbal + Quantitative) (1030 if prior to 8/1/2011) 

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    NOTE: Online students may qualify for a term-by-term exemption to the immunization policy. Contact the Immunization Clerk for more information.


    Graduate Admissions

    Department of Educational Technology & Foundations

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

  • Objectives
    • Candidates demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills.
    • Candidates develop, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for all students.
    • Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions and ethics.
    • Candidates demonstrate ability to serve needs of diverse populations including special needs.