Educational Media and Learning

Program Overview

This certificate is intended for those who wish to pursue a career as a K12 media center specialist but do not need to earn a masters’ degree. The program of courses matches closely with those required for media center endorsement by the state of Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) 6a-4.0251 plan Two:

A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in educational media or library science to include credit in the areas specified below:

(a) Management of library media programs; 
(b) Collection development. Courses in this area include: evaluation, selection, and maintenance of library media resources in print and non-print formats; 
(c) Library media resources. Courses in this area include: literature in both print and non-print formats for both children and adolescents; 
(d) Reference sources and services. Courses in this area include: print and electronic resources and techniques for providing information services; 
(e) Organization of collections. Courses in this area include: classification and cataloging principles and techniques; and 
(f) Design and production of educational media. 

No new students are being accepted at this time.

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Educational Media & Learning is intended primarily for certified PK-12 teachers who wish to become Educational Media Specialists. Those who are not currently certified PK-12 teachers will need additional coursework. It is designed to provide students with the competencies needed to lead a school library media center. collaborate with teachers as instructional partners, offer support as an information specialist, participate in professional communities, and advocate for literacy and technology initiatives to improve teaching and learning.

This fully online certificate is designed to be completed in three semesters. Students may begin the certificate in fall. spring, or summer semester. Coursework may be applied towards the Instructional Design & Ed Tech (IDET) M.A. degree.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submission of a FGCU Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 credits attempted accruing to the undergraduate degree.
  3. Baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution that maintains accreditation by a U.S. Department of Education sanctioned accrediting body ( or equivalent foreign institution, as documented by official transcripts.
  4. International graduate applicants are required to submit a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) or IELTS exam (minimum score of 6.5).

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of credits specified by the certificate program.
  • A grade of B or higher must be earned in all College of Education graduate courses used as prerequisites and each required course.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in the program. 

Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 credits)
EME 5053 Foundations of Learning Tech (3)
EME 6609 Instructional Media Resources (3)
EME 6675 Design for Informal Learning (3)
EME 6705 Collection and Acquisition (3)
EME 6716 Media Services and Programs (3)

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Total Semester Hours Required: 15 Hours

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