• Library
  • Master of Education 
    Library Media Certification Program Requirements Available Online 

    For information about the Non Alabama Teacher Certification Library Media requirements, visit the Graduate Catalogue.

    Program Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, including fingerprints/verification of background clearance, and hold a valid bachelor's level or valid master's level Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or valid master's level certification in another area of instructional support.  Two years of satisfactory educational experience is required prior to the issuance of the Class A Certificate. Note: Educational experience is defined as: teaching experience and instructional support experience, including full-time educational work in: (1) any state or local public school, regionally accredited postsecondary school, educational agency, or educational association; (2) an accredited, state registered, state-approved, and/or church-related nonpublic school; and (3) rehabilitation facilities for P-12 students. Education experience as an intern, graduate assistant, student teacher or in positions such as substitute teacher, aide, or clerical worker, shall not be considered.

    I. Conditional Admission Required Courses: 9 hours

    Professional Courses

    • ED 500 . Foundations of Education (3) 
    • ED 504 . Techniques of Educational Research (3)
      OR 
    • ED 506 . Educational Statistics (3) 
    • ED 505 . Technology and Education (3) 
    • SE 500 . Introduction to Special Education (3) * 

    II. Unconditional Admission Required Courses: 24 hours

    Certification Courses

    • LM 506 . Literature for Children and Young Adults (3) 
    • LM 561 . Instructional Media (3) 
    • LM 562 . Library Media Cataloging and Classification (3) 
    • LM 563 . School Library Media Center Management and Collection Development (3) 
    • LM 564 . Critical Issues in School Library Services (3) 
    • LM 565 . Reference Services and Information Storage and Retrieval (3) 
    • LM 566 . Libraries and Legal Issues (3) 
    • LM 569 . Internship in Library Media (3) 

    Total Required: 33 hours

    Note(s):

    *Students who have not previously met the special education requirement must take a general survey course in special education.
    This program is also offered online.

    Program Completion Requirements

    1. A grade-point average of not less than 3.0 on a four-point scale on all work attempted with no grade less than "C." 
    2. A satisfactory score on the appropriate Praxis II exam covering all the content of the program. 
    3. Satisfactory performance of the responsibilities in a full-time internship of at least ten weeks and 300 clock hours supervised jointly by a specialist in the instructional support area employed by a school system and a specialist in the same area from UWA. 
    4. Teaching experience varies with specific programs. Students should check each program for this requirement.* 

    *Students should refer to the definition of teaching experience as given by the Alabama State Department of Education.

    Requirements for Alabama Class A Certification in Library Media

    • Meet all program completion requirements.
    • Hold at least a valid Class B Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field, a valid Class A Professional Leadership Certificate, or a valid Class A Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or in another area of instructional support.
    • Have an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution documenting an earned master's degree.

    Governance

    The Teacher Education Program and the Teacher Certification Program are governed by the Alabama State Department of Education, and the College of Education reserves the right to change requirements in these programs at any time when such changes are mandated by the State Department.