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Requirements for Graduation

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    Turn the page to a rewarding new career in as little as 18 months.

Many students complete the program in 18 months, but you may adjust your schedule to suit your needs. A total of 36 hours of coursework are required for a Master's and 26 hours for certification, along with the completion of the assessments below.


This program is a non-thesis program, meaning that you are not required to write a master’s thesis.  Instead, your capstone project will be the presentation of a portfolio—a compilation of assignments you have completed during the program.

The portfolio will be presented during MEDA 5925 Practicum in School Library Media. The Portfolio will be compiled digitally and hard copy. 

Candidates will present artifacts that demonstrate competency in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Click here for more information.

The last 5 hours of each option is the practicum—MEDA 5925.  This course  is the final culminating experience of the program.  The Practicum is a course in which you go out into the school and apply your coursework knowledge.  The Tennessee requirement is 200 hours with a certified school library media specialist with three years of experience.  You will complete 100 hours at the elementary level and 100 hours at the secondary level. Middle school placements may count toward both.
Concerned about the logistics? Don't worry. ETSU's School LIbrary Media Program has been designed to accommodate busy professionals who may already be working full time. Most of our candidates do teach currently or go to a full time job.  To accumulate practicum hours, many of our candidates work after school, on breaks, etc.  We can discuss your options in more detail based on your situation.  Please note that the Practicum is not offered during the summer term due to the lack of school openings. 


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