MEd in Library Media

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 New Hampshire state certification.

According to ED 507.21 Library Media Specialist requirements, candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree and complete a combination of academic and supervised practical experiences addressing the following areas: administration; ethical, legal, and responsible use of information; collection development; teaching and learning; and literature.

Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE). Teacher candidates can find the latest NHDOE standards at

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Library Media courses will be offered.

In addition to this K-12 Certification option, students may also choose from the following:

Curriculum Requirements

  • Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    Recognizing that social behavior occurs within an intercultural context, that include ethical components, students will develop the basic knowledge and foundations necessary to understand and influence social behavior in a diverse society. Texts, readings, and learning modules have been chosen and/or designed to facilitate the student?s ability to understand the nature of social behavior cross culturally.
  • – OR –
  • 3
    This course will provide an in-depth study of the social/cultural basis of behavior and examine the role of mythology as a vehicle for intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding. The major theoretical, empirical, and applied lines of work in the following topics in contemporary social psychology will be explored, including social cognition, interpersonal perception, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, and interpersonal and group relations. Mythology will be employed as a mechanism for cross-cultural comparison and as a unifying construct to enhance multicultural understanding.
  • 3
    A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
  • – OR –
  • 3
    This course is designed for students in the Educational Leadership and Counseling programs. Students will gain knowledge of statistical concepts, including reliability and validity, scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, indices of variability, shapes and types of distributions, and correlations. Each student will develop a complete proposal for a program in their profession, including a needs assessment, data collection design, review of related literature, and plans for implementation and evaluation.
  • Library Media Specialist Component – 15 credits
  • 3
    This course will focus on the role and functions of technology in K-12 schools. The topics covered will include the problems of organization and management, the types of learning resources and services, and federal and state programs and standards. We will also look at the developments and trends in technology and how it impacts school media centers.
  • 3
    This course will introduce the principles of organization and curation of information. Topics covered will include organization of print and non-print collections, classification systems, and MARC records. Emphasis will be placed on how curation of resources impacts student learning. Library automation systems and their management, copy cataloging, and trends in technology will also be covered.
  • 3
    This course will introduce student to concepts, principles and current developments in reference and information services for the school library/media center. This will include the most important and used reference materials in both print and electronic format, evaluation of reference sources, the reference interview, bibliographic instruction, and readers' advisory.
  • 3
    This course is designed to provide School Media Specialists and Technology Integrators with hands-on experience with multimedia technology and its effects on the 21st century learner. Current web and multimedia tools will be explored. Other topics to be covered are collaboration/teamwork with other educators and the role of the Library Media Specialist in integrating technology.
  • 3
    This advanced literature course will survey fiction and non-fiction books for school age students. Genres to be discussed include picture books, traditional literature, modern fantasy, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, multicultural literature, informational books, biographies and graphic books. Students will also explore new issues and trends in literature including technological advancements. The course is designed to help the educator evaluate and select appropriate literature to develop and maintain school library collections as well as classroom and instructional libraries. During this course, students will critically discuss current issues in children's and young adult literature.
    • Elective Component – 6 credits

With your advisor, you’ll choose six credits of electives appropriate for your program of study.

  • Capstone Experience – 3 credits
  • 3
    The practicum is to provide the student with a supervised field experience in one of several cooperating institutions or agencies. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous coursework to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes a negotiated number of hours per week. Supervision is by the institution or agency concerned and by PSU faculty.
  • Total for MEd in Library Media, K–12 Certification – 33 credits

For more information, visit the Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum Department website.

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