Lindenwood offers the program both online and in a hybrid format, and allows you the chance to assess your strengths and weaknesses in areas of library and media, like literature, technology, and leadership and innovative practice. You can select courses designed to strengthen any weaknesses you may have so you will be ready to enter the field. See the program handbook for more information.
What this means for you is that you can personalize your learning experience by selecting your own courses. This is unlike any K-12 library/media certification program available in Missouri or most surrounding states. Courses you can take include Foundations in Librarianship, Innovation Mindset, Multimedia Applications, Character Education, and many more.
The degree program offers leadership and innovation courses, while helping you develop a clear picture of the needs and possibilities in school library media and technology. These courses will help you hone your skills and knowledge to prepare you for the ever-increasing standards and expectations of librarians, coordinators, and directors, and prepares you to serve as a recognized thought leader in your school and community.
Once you complete your Master of Arts in Integrated School Library Media and Technology, you can choose a variety of career paths, including school library media specialist, educational technology coordinator, director of innovation, and many more! The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a great tool to help you decide which career path is right for you.
Learn more about the life of a school library media specialist by watching the webinar below.
Library and Media Technology Faculty
Tonya Thompson, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tonya Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Lindenwood University. She also serves as program chair for the School Library Media and Technology program and teaches courses in library, literature, and research. She earned a BS in communications and mass media, an MA in education and an MS in instructional technology, as well as her doctorate in educational leadership. Before moving into higher education, she worked for 16 years as a library media specialist, professional development leader, and communications manager for a large public school.
Stacie Gates, Adjunct Instructor
Stacie Gates is in her 10th year as a Library Media Specialist at St. Charles West High School. She earned her Master’s in Education with Library Media Specialist emphasis from Lindenwood. She not only loves the opportunity to assist students and staff with a vast variety of research, technological, and academic needs, but she enjoys sharing that passion with future librarians.
Christina Thompson, Adjunct Instructor
Along with joining the faculty at Lindenwood as an adjunct, Mrs. Thompson has been a library media specialist at Ritenour High School in St. Louis County since 2008. Prior to that role, she taught English for Pattonville High School and for Salem High School. Mrs. Thompson earned an Education Specialist in Information Resources from the University of Central Missouri and also served there as an adjunct instructor. She holds an MA in TESOL from Webster University and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri.