May 23, 2024  
2021-22 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2021-22 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Library Media and Information Technology, M.S.

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OSRHE Program Code: 129
CIP Code: 250101

Major Code: 3300


The Library Media program prepares candidates for the changing role of the school librarian in a global and technological society. They are prepared to provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning. They know how to instill a love of reading and can develop opportunities for their students to be effective managers of information.

Specialty Accreditation

NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP),, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and/or the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399),

Credential Requirements

If seeking Oklahoma certification as a School Library Media Specialist, candidates must have a current Oklahoma teaching certificate or teaching license or be eligible for an alternative certification program with a plan of study for certification on file with NSU’s Teacher Certification office. All candidates seeking certification need to take the state certification test for school librarians at the completion of the program. There are fees associated with certification testing which is administered by an outside agency under contract with the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. Those who do not have teaching certification must pass the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) and the Praxis© Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). To earn a certification as a Library Media Specialist, candidates must take the state certification test for school librarians (038) at the completion of the program. If seeking certification in any state other than Oklahoma, it is recommended that individuals contact the appropriate State Department for guidelines so requirements can be built into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Participate as active partners in the teaching and learning process.
  2. Use strategies to foster learner motivation to read for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment.
  3. Lead and collaborate with members of the learning community to effectively design and implement solutions that positively impact learner growth and strengthen the role of the school library.
  4. Apply strategies to evaluate information and resources to support the school’s curriculum and learning goals.
  5. Model and teach ethical use of information and technology in the creation of new knowledge.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation

Admission. Beyond the admission requirements for the Graduate College, admission to the Library Media and Information Technology, M.S. program requires:

  1. Earned undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.0 based on a 4.0 system for the last 60 hours of coursework; or a scaled score above the 25th percentile on the GRE/MAT prior to the first enrollment

Advisement. The Graduate College assigns students an advisor upon admission to graduate studies. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make an appointment with the advisor prior to enrollment to discuss policies and procedures relevant to the degree program. Conferring with the student, the advisor develops the plan of study, assists in the selection of classes, and counsels the student.

Portfolio. Candidates in the Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology program are required to develop portfolios. Candidates will create potential artifacts during each graduate library media course. During LIBM 5901/02, artifacts are revisited, and rationale statements are drafted as candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the AASL standards develops. A portfolio presentation before an audience of faculty and peers is required at completion of the Capstone experience.

Retention and Graduation. The candidate for the Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology degree must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Continue to meet the Graduate College’s Retention Standards to be retained in the program. See the Academic Information page for more information.
  2. Monitor degree progress using the degree audit system in the goNSU portal.
  3. Meet Graduate College policies detailed in Academic Information and Master’s Degree Requirements regarding GPA, minimum grades, coursework age, residency and institutional / state regulations governing degree conferral.

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