M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning: School Library Media Concentration leading to Endorsement in EMS or AMS

This concentration focuses on developing the school library media specialist as a teacher, information specialist, instructional partner, program administrator and leader for preschool through high school. Recognized by the American Association of School Librarians this concentration strives to develop school library media specialists who foster a love of learning and support equitable access to information for all students. Principles of inquiry and application are addressed in every course and are assessed by professional application projects, field experiences, and research. Two courses (ELLM 6110 and ELCL 6110 or ELCL 6120) count toward the 12-credit New Jersey Supervisory certificate. This concentration includes options for state endorsement as a school library media specialist.

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Coordinator:
Professor
Ellen Pozzi
pozzie@wpunj.edu
Phone: 973-720-3784
Office: 1600 Valley Rd. Rm 4028

Entry Requirements

Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • A cumulative grade point average from past degrees of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale*.
  • A minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale: prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test*. 
  • A two-page essay by the applicant about how the degree will enhance professional development and what the important issues are in the proposed field of study.
  • A copy of a teaching certificate and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities.
  • Each applicant should have a personal interview before being accepted for matriculation.

*Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or standardized test requirements may supplement the application with additional materials in support of their academic potential for the successful completion of the graduate degree. Additional materials may include the achievement of a grade of B or higher in one of the program courses recommended by advisement.

Course Requirements: 33 Credits (for M.Ed.); 36 Credits (for M.Ed. with School Library Media Specialist Endorsement)

Course Number and Title

Credits

Concentration Core: (24 Credits, all courses required):
Completion of the Concentration Core (24 credits) is sufficient for (AMS) Associate Media School Librarian Endorsement

 

ELLM 5130 Foundations of School Librarianship

3

ELLM 5140 Instructional Design

3

ELLM 5150 Technical Processes for School Library Media Centers

3

ELLM 5160 Technologies for Teaching and Learning in School Library Media Centers

3

ELLM 5170 Information Sources and Services

3

ELLM 6110 Management and Supervision of the School Library Media Program

3

ELLM 6120 School Library Media Specialist Selects Literature for the School Age Child

3

ELLM 6210 Field Experiences in School Library Media Centers

3

Electives: (Choose 2 of the below or consult with SLM advisor re. courses not on the list) 6 Credits (for School Library Media Specialist endorsement)

 

ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children's Literature

3

ELRL 6170 Children's Literacy in the 21st Century***

3

ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents

3

TBED 5420 Multiculturalism and Acculturation

3

ELCL 6050 Instructional Technology Foundations & History

3

ELCL 6110 Designing Technology-Mediated Instruction ***

3

ELCL 6120 Technology-Based Assessment & Evaluation***

3

ELCL 6190 Applied Developmental Psychology

3

ELCL 6240 Technology-Mediated Learning

3

ELCL 6250 Leadership and Learning Technologies

3

Research Thesis Requirement: 6 credits (both courses required; to be taken after completion of 24 credits)

 

ELCL 6290 Research in Education I

3

ELCL 6300 Research in Education II

3

Post-Master's Course Options for Supervisory Certificate

 

EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice **

3

EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: People, Programs, and Performance Appraisal **

3

**This course counts toward post-master's 12 credit Supervisory Certificate

***This course counts as 3 credits toward 6 credits of elective courses for the supervisory endorsement program.

Exit Requirements

  • The completion of 33 credits (36 for School Library Media) of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations including six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit portfolio requirement. This latter requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.

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