HLC Approves Library Concentration for Online M.Ed.

Sep 25th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm | Author:
VCSU has received formal approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a new concentration in Library and Information Technologies within the curriculum of its online Master of Education program.

The concentration is designed for practicing librarians who wish to further their careers with graduate-level credentials, or teachers outside the library wishing to add new credentials to their backgrounds. Focusing on such topics as information literacy, resource management, and use, the program emphasizes the technologies used by school library media centers. The concentration meets national and North Dakota credential standards for school library media certification.

Curriculum development for the concentration is funded in part by a three-year grant from The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, as administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In addition, the grant makes tuition assistance available to qualified students.

VCSU will partner with the North Dakota Indian Education Association (NDIEA), the North Dakota Education Association – Library Media Association (NDEA – LMA), and the North Dakota Teacher Center (NDTC). These partners will work with VCSU to identify and mentor prospective students.

VCSU's online Master of Education program was initially approved by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005 with concentrations in "Teaching and Technology" and "Technology Education." Because the program is offered online, it has become known for its ability to serve K-12 educators who seek to enhance their educational credentials without disrupting work schedules. The online nature of the program also makes it attractive to prospective students in rural areas who otherwise have limited or no access to a traditional on-campus experience. The concentration in Library and Information Technologies is offered as a component of this program.

The first courses within this concentration will be offered Spring semester 2008.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.