M.Ed. in School Library Media

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  1. Rugby1974

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    I have decided to apply to a M.Ed. in School Library Media Program. I love technology, computers, and I can spend hours in a bookstore. I think having a BBA and MBA will be an asset to any school (preferably secondary education). I initially wanted to teach, but the reality of having to eventually be out of work without income for a substantial amount of time completing an internship, student teaching, evaluations, etc…are not an option. A Media Specialist career will allow me to teach in a different way, and be involved in the total school environment. I am currently in a very secure, great paying job, but I ultimately want two things (1) to be around the energy of a school environment (2) have more time with my growing family during after work, during holidays, and summers. I have worked in the private and government sector, so I am familiar with both sides of the fence. Any advice, input, warnings, etc…is appreciated!
     
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    I would also like to get a masters degree in Library Science or something similar. I have to wait until I can afford the program, so I am feeling a little envious! :)

    Out of curiosity, why do you believe that having a BBA and MBA will be an asset once you are a school librarian?
     
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    Just a warning on the job market ... my district had 2 librarians (1 elementary, 1 secondary). We now have 1 for the entire district (900 students).

    Like everything else, school budgets are tight.
     
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    I think you should re-check what is required for your program. I'm not in Georgia, but I can't imagine them not requiring an internship/student teaching...since as a Library Media Specialist you ARE a teacher.

    In New York, the same amount of hours are required for your Library Media Specialist Certificate as a classroom teacher.
     
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    PS...I love the job- I am still searching for a permanent position, so it still will be tough to find a job. But, I think your reasons are good for becoming a LMS so good luck!
     
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    This is a good point. I missed it in the original post. In our districts, like in many other districts, librarians are teachers and must be fully licensed just like any other teacher.
     
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    I am certified. While I student taught for my undergraduate degree, it was not required for my program. I did, though, have to complete a practicum which resulted in 160 hours in the LMC, I believe (and more prior to the practicum). Eighty of those could be with your classroom students, but the other half had to be during planning, before school, after school, personal days taken, etc.
     
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    Mine was the same...1/2 the hours that I was in my classroom counted and the other half it took me the whole school year to accumulate- between preps/ lunch/ etc.
     
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    Rugby 1974-
    So what school are you thinking about attending here in Georgia for a Masters in Library Media? I have been researching getting the same degree (I have a teaching certificate for Georgia, but have been unable to land a job). I was out of state when I took all my course work and made all my connections there, and I really think that is why I haven't been able to get a job here. I know you do internships when getting you library degree and make lots of contacts in the field. Plus, I think the media center would be so much fun to manage. You still get to be creative!

    So do you know what colleges offer the program in the Atlanta area? North of Atlanta? I have been finding lots of masters programs for information technology. I am wondering if that is the program that schools are looking for? Seems like the fields of study would really overlap.
     

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