Curriculum and Learning – School Library Media (MEd)

Curriculum and Learning – School Library Media (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Curriculum and Learning

Concentration: School Library Media

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling admissions

Program Description:

This 33 credit MEd in curriculum and learning concentration (36 credits for MEd with school library media specialist endorsement) focuses on developing the school library media specialist as a teacher, instructional partner, informational specialist, program administrator for preschool through high school grades, and educational researcher. The program follows the standards of the American Association of School Librarians. Principles of inquiry and application are addressed in every course and are assessed by professional application projects, field experiences, case studies, and research. This concentration includes options for state endorsement as a school library media specialist.

The program is challenging and includes a concentration-specific comprehensive exit requirement as well as an educational research master's thesis that explores the impact on P-12 learning. Up to 9 credits in the program may be taken for non-degree credit or toward the 100 hours of professional development required of teachers in New Jersey every five years. Appropriate non-degree credits may eventually be applied to the master’s degree. Graduate assistantships are available for full-time students.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • 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 (GRE), or a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from a professor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.
  • 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 standard NJ teaching license or a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing) and/or a resume of any teaching or educational work the applicant has performed.
  • 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.

Program Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits (36 credits for the MEd with school library media specialist endorsement) of prescribed graduate study for the concentration.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during the Research in Education I (ELCL 6290) and Research in Education II (ELCL 6300) courses for 6 credits as part of the 33-credit requirement.
  • Satisfactory completion of a concentration-specific exit requirement. This requirement carries no course credit but must be completed before graduation.

MEd Curriculum and Learning program

Th MEd requires 33 credits (36 credits for MEd with school library media specialist endorsement): 6 credits of common courses are required in all concentrations, and 27 credits (30 credits for the Endorsement) in one of the concentrations, including elective courses. Up to 6 credits may be transferred from acceptable master’s graduate programs from outside the University. In addition, with approval of an advisor, elective courses may be selected from other concentrations within the program. Written approval to take any course other than those listed for the program must be obtained in advance in order to obtain a valid substitution.

Required Common Courses (for all concentrations)6 credits
ELCL 6290 Research in Education I 3
ELCL 6300 Research in Education II 3

School Library Media concentration

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, ELRL 6170, 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.

Concentration Core24 credits
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 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
Elective Courses6 credits
Choose two (2) of the following courses (or other course selected by advisement of the SLM concentration coordinator):
ELRL 6040 Recent Trends in Children’s Literature 3
ELRL 6260 Literature for Adolescents 3
ELRL 6170 Children’s Literacy in the 21st Century*** 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***
ELCL 6190 Applied Developmental Psychology 3
ELCL 6240 Technology-Mediated Learning 3
ELCL 6250 Leadership and Learning Technologies 3
EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice**
EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal**
** This course counts toward the 12-credit supervisory certificate and may be taken within the M.Ed. program or post-master's.
***This course counts as 3 credits toward 6 credits of elective courses for the supervisory endorsement program.