Library Media M.Ed.

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Library Media M.Ed.

There’s more to libraries than just books now. With the advancement of the Internet and computers, the skill set has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Today’s school librarians are partners with school administrators and teachers in schools across the country.  As members of the educational team, school librarians prepare K-12 students to be researchers, expert users of technology, and lifelong learners.  The Library Media master’s degree will prepare you to work as a school librarian or technology specialist. Earn your master’s degree in library media, on-campus or online, and help secure and curate our history for generations to come.

If you are considering applying to our program and would like guidance in creating a competitive application, consider taking our free self-paced course Preparing to Apply to Graduate School in Education. You’ll be asked to register with an email address and create a password. If you’re a current or former Auburn student, this system is separate from your AUAccess credentials.

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Degree Overview | Admissions | Initial Registration Requirements | Certification & Graduation | Library Media Faculty | Cost & Financial Support | Special Opportunities

Degree Overview

Think a library media degree just takes a knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System? Think again.  We base your studies in learning the complexities of information science and information structure. You’ll be certified to teach in Alabama with A-level certification. Those skills will also be important if you decide to teach in another state, too.

Student Learning Outcomes

Prior to graduation from the program, students in the library media program will be able to…

  1. apply the knowledge & skills of an effective library media specialist to issues and problems in library media.
  2. describe the roles of the school librarian as a part of an effective school library program
  3. apply the concept of intellectual freedom to issues and problems in library media.
  4. apply the concept of information literacy to issues and problems in library media.
  5. analyze the effects of instructional technology on library media programs and school curricula.
  6. implement instructional activities for a specific target audience and specific learning objectives.
  7. communicate library media theory and research to professional audiences of researchers and/or practitioners
Instructional Support Courses – 21 hrs
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional & Informational Technologies
  • Selection & Use of Media for Youth
  • Bibliographic Description, Organization & Control
  • Information Sources, Services & Instruction
  • Administration of Media & Technology Services
  • Integration of Technology into the Curriculum
  • Clinical Residency (300 clock hours in a variety of school settings)
Additional Courses – 6-9 hrs
  • Advanced Survey of Exceptionality (required if not previously completed)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Literacy & Inquiry in the Content Areas
  • Educational Leadership
  • Basic Methods in Education Research
Educational Media courses
Curriculum Model 
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Application Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • 2 years of acceptable full-time teaching experience.
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Library Media program and the Dean of the Graduate School

Application Materials

  • All official transcripts
    (Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
    (Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to:
  • Graduate Record Examination Score —
    Competitive Scores:  400/146 Verbal; 400/140 Quantitative; 3.5/Competent Writing
  • Miller’s Analogy Test Score (as alternative to GRE) — Competitive Score: 380
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Valid & renewable teaching certificate
  • Clear background check
  • Completed Supplement EXP form. Select “Supplement EXP” from the list of options.  Return the Supplement EXP form to: 3464 Haley Center, attn: Certification Officer, Auburn, AL, 36849.  If mailing the form, applicants are strongly enouraged to track its progress.  Questions regarding the completion of this form should be directed to Stephanie Thompson.
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Initial Registration Requirements

Auburn University requires on-campus students provide proof of vaccinations.  Students only have to do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.

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Certification & Graduation

  • Before graduating with a library media degree, you must be cleared by both the College of Education Professional Education Services and the Graduate School.
  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II Test.
  • Effective for candidates unconditionally admitted July 1, 2017 and after, a minimum GPA of 3.25 will be required on all courses used to meet master’s level certification program requirements.
  • If you wish to be certified to teach, you must submit a completed certification application to Professional Education Services.
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Library Media Faculty


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Cost & Financial Support

Scholarships Available
  • Dorothy Alexis Hanson Fellowship Award
    • Enrolled in Graduate School
    • Accepted to Library Media Program
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Dr. William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
  • JoAnn Granberry Murrell
    • Fully admitted to College of Education
    • Part-time or Full-time student
    • Enrolled in EFLT program
    • Demonstrate financial need


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Special Opportunities

  • The Library Media Certification program is now available in a completely online format.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to practice those skills with a hands-on clinical residency in school libraries.
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