Information Media

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Graduate Catalog: Information Media

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Information Media

Graduate Director:
Dr. Mert Thompson
methompson@stcloudstate.edu

Program Overview

The Department of Information Media through the School of Education provides three distinct graduate program concentrations leading to a Master of Science in Information Media.

Applicants must pick one of the three concentrations. The underlying philosophy of these programs is the development of leadership skills that make it possible to work with people to provide appropriate services to meet their needs. An essential characteristic of the three graduate tracks is the incorporation of the theory and application of current and developing technologies into leadership functions, and message design, and delivery.

Technology Integration

Designed for persons interested in increasing their skills and ability to integrate technology into educational and training environments.

  • This program builds on the Information Media certificate programs to provide competencies needed to become a technology coordinator, technology integrationist, or teacher/trainer who wants to more fully make use of technology in their work.

Library Media

Incorporates all of the competency requirements leading to licensure as a school library media specialist and is specifically structured for persons desiring a career in the K-12 schools.

Instructional Design and Training

For those interested in organizational media management in business, industrial, governmental, and health fields. The degree is designed to prepare an individual with competencies such as problem analysis, program development, resource management, personnel/performance evaluation, and instructional design.

  • This program gives students a basic framework for undertaking a training or instructional design position, while at the same time developing the specific skills necessary for the practicing professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Information

  • Undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed. A large emphasis is placed on scholarship within the undergraduate core. 
  • Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received and an interview completed.
  • Ordinarily no more than ten graduate credits completed prior to being accepted can be applied to a graduate program. 

Accreditations Specific to the Program

  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology
  • American Association of School Libraries
  • IBSTPI Recognized Materials       

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: seven semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three to four semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • The program has been designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
  • All courses are offered in the evening during the academic year.
  • Most courses are also offered during the summer sessions. 

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Four graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Graduate assistantships are generally in the Department of Information Media or with Learning Resources Services. Emphasis is placed on applying concepts and theories presented in classes to a work setting.