The mission of the School Library and Information Technologies graduate program is to empower school librarians with the skills and knowledge to assume an essential role in their school as leaders, instructional partners, information specialists, teachers, and program administrators of library and information services. The program, leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.), supports the mission of Mansfield University and the Teacher Education Unit.
In developing the program the following core documents guided curriculum design: Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs; Standards for the 21st Century Learners, a document that offers vision for teaching and learning; Standards for Pennsylvania School Library Certification and Practice, the state school library association standards; and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Library Science Standards for the Preparation of Public School Educators. These guidelines represent the best thinking in the profession and reflect the emerging role of the school librarian as a critical educational leader.
The M.Ed. is a distance education program that emphasizes practice-oriented outcomes and offers students the following:
Close bonds with faculty who are committed to sharing their many years of practical experience and leadership in the school library community
Convenience of online courses designed for working adults who cannot or find it difficult to attend a traditional library school
Collaboration with practitioners and leaders in the school library community who provide advice on course development and revision
Authentic assessment of practical, standards-based skills to enhance the learning experience
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Graduates with a M.Ed. degree will be identified as leaders in their schools, districts, and professional organizations as a result of their lifelong dedication to enhance school library services.
Graduate program faculty in the M.Ed. program are committed to the following:
Enhancing learning with interactive technologies for all students, regardless of physical location in an online, web-based environment.
Preparing skilled and knowledgeable school librarians based on the national school library guidelines. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.
Offering a transformative, personal learning experience facilitated by successful practitioners who apply best practices from contemporary educational theory within a highly practical, problem-solving environment.
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SL&IT Student Learning Outcomes
Graduate of the School Library and Information Technologies program will have the knowledge, skills, and disposition skills to:
provide leadership in planning and managing the use of electronic technologies and information.
teach K-12 students to access, apply and evaluate information to solve problems.
partner with teachers to design, implement, and assess curriculum and instruction to meet state and national standards.
select and manage resources to meet the literacy and information needs of K-12 students and the curriculum.
build and manage a school library program that promotes reading and information literacy as keys to lifelong learning for students.
provide staff development for classroom teachers in information resources and technology.
advocate for school library programs and provide leadership by articulating ways in which school libraries contribute to student achievement.
model and promote ethical, equitable access to and use of physical, digital, and virtual collections of resources.
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ALA/AASL Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate from the School Library and Information Technologies Master of Education Program will:
demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning
promote collaborative planning, instruction in multiple literacies, and inquiry-based learning
integrate twenty-first century skills and learning standards into the curriculum in order to support the learning needs of the school community
promote reading for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment and reinforce reading instructional strategies
demonstrate the ability to develop a collection of reading and information materials in print and digital formats that support the diverse developmental, cultural, social and linguistic needs of P-12 students and their communities
model and promote ethical, equitable access to and use of physical, digital, and virtual collections of resources
advocate for dynamic school library programs and positive learning environments that focus on student learning and achievement by collaborating with teachers, administrators, librarians, and the community
model a strong commitment to the profession by participating in professional growth and leadership opportunities through membership in library associations; attendance at professional conferences; reading professional publications; and exploring Internet resources
plan, develop, implement, and evaluate school library media programs, resources, and services in support of the mission of the library program within the school according to the ethics and principles of library science, education, management, and administration
practice ethical principles of their profession; advocate for intellectual freedom and privacy; and promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
apply best practices for planning, budgeting, and evaluating human, information, and physical resources
present information literacy skills instruction that will meet the needs of the exceptional child as well as the diverse cultural and linguistic learner (certification concentration only)
collaborate with the classroom teacher to design instruction and assessments for high incidence disabilities students (certification concentration only)
Note: Certified teachers who enroll in the Master of Education degree program in Mansfield's School Library & Information Technologies graduate school are known as "candidates." Candidates who complete the degree program will meet the national standards established by NCATE (the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and AASL (the American Association of School Librarians), a division of the American Library Association. The ALA/AASL NCATE Standards for School Library/Media Specialists are embedded into the online courses, assessments, and competencies of the program.
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