The purpose of the Ed.S. program in School Library Media is to provide superior student-focused education that is personally relevant and intellectually challenging. The program is committed to the following areas of excellence:
- Preparing progressive, innovative, academically grounded school library specialists;
- Enabling school library media specialists to successfully develop, administer, and evaluate effective school library media programs;
- Building and enhancing skills in research and program evaluation to support instructional growth and improvement;
- Pioneering innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences;
- Collaborating with all stakeholders to enhance student achievement;
- Cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and
- Promoting the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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The program consists of 27 hours of graduate coursework. Students must be eligible for S-5 certification in School Library Media for program admission. Specific course requirements are determined through consultation with academic advisors.
Students may begin the program any semester. Any changes in the projected sequence 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.
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: 27
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
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.
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.
The program consists of 18 hours of required and 9 hours of elective coursework in media and instructional technology. Students entering with an S-5 certification in school library media will exit with an S-6 certification in school library media.
All required courses for the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology, Media & Design -- School Library Media will be offered over the next year.
Admissions Process Checklist: Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.
Specific course requirements are determined through consultation with academic advisor.
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This graduate course is a study of human growth and development from birth through aging and death. The course focuses on areas of physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the biological being's interactions with the environment. Special emphasis is placed on the development characteristics of school age youth within a multicultural and diverse society.
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.
MEDT-7462 - Internet Tools, Resources, and Issues in Education
A study of various internet tools, resources, and issues as related to K-12 education. Strategies for integrating internet into the curriculum will be included.
MEDT-7465 - Integrating Technology for Teaching and Learning in the School Library Media Program
This course provides an introduction to the role of the school library media specialist in regards to integrating technology effectively for teaching and learning in the school. The course will focus on the information specialist role and leading technology integration efforts, as well as selecting and evaluating digital resources, and collaborating as an instructional partner with school faculty so they can effectively use technology.
MEDT-7466 - Digital Photography in Instruction
An exploration of the principles of photography including the elements of light, subject, camera, and composition. Instructional applications of digital photography in the workplace and instructional settings, shooting high-quality digital photographs, and how to enhance digital photographs are covered.
MEDT-7467 - Web Design for Instruction
Intermediate level course on design, development and formative evaluation of web-based instructional systems. Web page design strategies based on research on effective practice are emphasized. Students use software development tools to create and evaluate interactive lessons including strategies for assessing learning achievement.
MEDT-7468 - Instructional Multimedia Design and Development
This is a survey course focused on basic elements and technical aspects of multimedia design and development to support teaching and learning in diverse classrooms. Included are selection of hardware and software, design principles, hands-on production, classroom applications, and discussion of issues and useful digital and web-based resources.
MEDT-7469 - Strategic Leadership Role of the SLMS
This course examines how school librarians connect beyond the walls of their schools to lead and learn with others in their district, community, state, across the nation, and around the World. Through collaborative activities, school librarians influence and inspire a school community to achieve identified goals and/or a shared vision.
MEDT-7470 - Digital Media Production and Utilization
An advanced course in the design and production of digital media and instructional materials. Classroom utilization of digital media will be included.
MEDT-7471 - Data Networks for Instruction
Enrollment requires completion of MEDT 6401 or instructor¿s permission. The design and development of data networks for instructional settings will be covered. In addition to current trends and issues, students will also explore how to use data networks for a variety of instructional contexts and how to perform basic network trouble shooting and repair.
MEDT-7472 - Introduction to Distance Learning
This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.
MEDT-7475 - The Distance Education Professional
This course focuses on current issues and challenges for the distance education professional. Students will be prepared to assume the role of an e-learning teacher and professional through the study of distance education research as well as the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning environments. Students will examine the management of e-learning initiatives including cultural impact; budget, technological and managerial requirements; quality support; policy issues; development of e-learning materials; facilitating instruction and interaction; and other areas of professional development and training.
MEDT-7485 - Special Topics in Media
Individually designed studies of topics in media or instructional technology focused on the student's areas of specialty.
MEDT-8461 - Diffusion of Innovations
The course focuses on the processes of innovation and change as they apply to educational systems. Students learn how to apply change models and diffusion theory in order to successfully integrate technology-driven procedures and resources into educational organizations.
MEDT-8464 - Trends and Issues in School Library Media
Current issues and trends in school library media services and programs will be examined. The basic vision of the school library media program comprised of collaboration, leadership and technology will be emphasized.
MEDT-8480 - Program Evaluation
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively and efficiently participate in program evaluation at the school sites Students are expected to evaluate efficacy of existing programs and/or the appropriateness of programs being considered for implementation.
MEDT-8484 - Research on Media and Instructional Technology
This course provides an overview of research on media and instructional technology. Because the course addresses both theoretical and practical dimensions of research on media and instructional technology, students will study exemplary research studies through printed and digital materials.
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
- Eligibility for certification in School Library Media
- GPA of 3.0 or higher in most recent degree
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.
The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.
- 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.