Master of Education Program - Concentration in Library and Information Technologies (LIT)

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe, jim.boe@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Donna James, donna.james@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7275
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

Valley City State University (VCSU) has designed this concentration for teachers at either primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a master’s degree. The VCSU master’s degree with the LIT Concentration is accredited by CAEP and has been reviewed by the American Library Association’s AASL program reviewers using the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians. The program is recognized by the AASL as an appropriate first professional degree for school librarians, and is listed among other nationally recognized programs at the AASL website. The curriculum meets North Dakota Department of Public Instruction standards for the preparation of library media specialists at the highest credential level—LM01.

 

Concentration Requirements

The Master of Education in Library and Information Technologies requires 37 hours of coursework, an action research report, 120 hours of customized field experience, and oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research and technology. All students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses:

Core Required Courses
EDUC 610Research in Education3
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
Required Courses
LMIS 660Applied Research in Current School Library Issues3
LMIS 664Literature and Literacy for Children and Young Adults3
LMIS 670Integrating Information Literacy and Research Standards3
LMIS 676Contemporary Cataloging for the School Library2
LMIS 677Collection Development for the 21st Century School Library2
LMIS 680Using Information Resources3
LMIS 687Administering and Evaluating Program Resources3
LMIS 688Collaboration, Management, and Leadership3
These courses are designed to support the student in completing graduation requirements culminating in the program's core values as outcomes.
Special Program Requirements
LMIS 689Research Application1
LMIS 698Capstone2
Total Credits37

Total Core 12 Hrs
Total Required 22 Hrs
Total Special Program Requirements 3 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 37 Hrs

Note: Students interested in North Dakota Library Media Specialist Certification (or another state’s reciprocity certification) may also need to complete an “Introduction to Libraries” course. The university offers two non-program options designed to meet the state requirement: LMIS 250 Introduction to Libraries and Information Science and LMIS 700 Introduction to Libraries in the Information Age.

Core Values/Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. Diversity/Global Awareness

The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.