Offered by the Department of School Library and Information Technologies
Ms. Cynthia Keller, Chairperson
Retan Center 202D; (570) 662-4676; email ckeller @mansfield.edu
(717) 816-6995 (home office)
Technologies for the Digital Literacies Letter of Completion provides educational opportunities to certified professionals in the areas of technology and digital literacy including accessing, using and presenting information from print or electronic sources. Three 3-credit courses and one 1-credit course (10 credits) are required for the letter of completion. The courses are embedded in the M.Ed. in School Library & Information Technologies program.
The program is designed for
- School librarians seeking additional professional development specifically in the areas of technology and digital literacy
- Classroom teachers who are required to teach technology applications to students in a classroom, computer lab, or school library
- Professionals who want to learn about assistive technology to meet the specialized needs of students
- Professionals who have interest in copyright and legal issues related to education and the first amendment - freedom to read
Program Learning Outcomes
Letter of Completion candidates will be able to:
- Apply the basic concepts, hardware and protocols associated with modern computer networks and networking and the interaction and reliance upon each other for functionality for the ability to access library resources.
- Identify assistive technologies for students with disabilities, explain the importance of classroom and physical space issues as they relate to technology, and show the importance of systematic renewal/planning for technology.
- Discuss educators’ Fair Use of Others’ intellectual property in PK-12 instructional situations and explain how the First Amendment and citizens’ free speech right relates to libraries and classrooms.
- Articulate legal and ethical issues related to the privacy of minors in school libraries and the classroom.
- Identify, evaluate, and thoughtfully integrate current and emerging information and communication technologies to promote inquiry and learning and develop research skills in the K12 environment.
- Provide the outline and tools to create an electronic professional portfolio using a web based software program that demonstrates professional growth, advocacy, leadership, and reflective practice.
Candidates can complete the Letter of Completion program in one or two years; however candidates are allowed up to three years to complete the letter. Every course is offered each year. Some courses are offered during summer. For additional information, refer to the website: mansfield.edu/school-library-online-masters/.
The mission of the Technologies for the Digital Literacies Letter of Completion program is to provide educational opportunities to certified professionals in the areas of technology and digital literacy including accessing, using, and presenting information from print or electronic sources. The Letter of Completion supports the mission of Mansfield University and the Teacher Education Unit.
Candidates who qualify for this program need to be certified teachers or school librarians who meet or provide the following:
- Graduate application
- $25 application processing fee
- One academic or professional letter of recommendation
- Copy of current teaching certificate
- Evidence of at least one completed undergraduate degree program
- Official transcripts from every college/university where coursework was completed
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (may calculate GPA on the last 48 semester hours)
If GPA is 2.7 to 2.999, then applicant will be considered for *provisional acceptance into the program.
*Provisional acceptance is granted to those applicants who do not quite meet the minimum GPA requirement for full admission into a graduate program but meet all other admission requirements and show academic promise within the discipline. Provisionally accepted students will work with an advisor to schedule and complete a minimum of twelve (12) graduate level credits. Once the student can demonstrate that s/he is capable of succeeding at the graduate level (achieving a 3.0 or higher on 12+ graduate credits), then, through department recommendation, the student may be eligible to continue on the path toward graduation or reapply to the degree plus certification program.