Library Media

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Plymouth State University offers the only comprehensive program in New Hampshire for individuals interested in working in a school library setting or wanting to renew their NH state certification.

Our innovative Library Media program is offered entirely online and nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). You can earn your MEd or certification in Library Media. Classes are small and the faculty are passionate and dedicated to your success. We continue to update our curriculum to provide you with the most up-to-date tools, resources and innovations in education. The program is designed to provide you with an innovative approach to leadership for school librarians that is responsive to the rapid changes in the field.

Our Library Media program offers the following options:

  • MEd in Library Media, non-certification
  • MEd in Library Media, K-12 Library Media Specialist Certification
  • K-12 Library Media Specialist Certification Only
  • MEd in Library Media, K-12 Library Media Specialist and K-12 Education Technology Integrator Dual Certification
  • K-12 Library Media Specialist and K-12 Education Technology Integrator Dual Certification Only
Curriculum Requirements
Admission Requirements
The Library Media programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Library Media can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2019-20:

  • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020 – April 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – August 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Fall Registration Open

Spring 2020 Registration Opens October 28

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registrar@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

  • Collaborate with other educators to create a mission statement and develop long-range program goals; perform library management operations, including, but not limited to 1. Budgeting, 2. Staffing, 3. Scheduling and 4. Managing and maintaining resources.  Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the library media program.  Participate in local, state and national education and technology initiatives to ensure integration of current research findings and best practices into the library media program.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to acquire, process, organize, disseminate, maintain and continually assess collections of information resources, essential equipment and latest technologies.
  • Develop policies and activities consistent with 1. school, district, state and national standards, 2. relevant laws and legislation, 3. privacy rights, 4. equity of access and 5. tenets of intellectual freedom, copyright and digital citizenship.
  • Create and implement a collection development policy that demonstrates knowledge of principles related to selection, acquisition, organization and evaluation.  Select current, relevant and balanced resources for the diverse needs of the school community that support the curriculum and provide leisure reading materials.
  • Employ existing and emerging technologies to access, evaluate and disseminate information including, but not limited to the internet and electronic databases.  Collaborate with educators to plan, implement and assess units of study that integrate multimedia, research and information literacy into classroom instruction.
  • Encourage and engage students in reading, viewing and listening for understanding and enjoyment.  Promote quality literature and authors reflecting a variety of cultures and themes.
  • The program shall provide for a supervised off-campus practicum which provides experience at both the elementary and secondary levels.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.

Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

LM Course Offerings 2019-2020
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Library Media classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.