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Prep Course {8 Weeks}

The School Library Media Specialist is a curriculum, instructional, and technology leader who collaborates with all members of the learning community to create a student-centered library media program.

The recruitment and preparation of a new generation of School Library Media Specialists has become imperative as technology continues to transform teaching and learning and impact information access and retrieval.

Media Specialists’ Prep Course is brought to you by a partnership between Florida Gulf Coast University’s Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs College of Education

Next Cohort:

Starts in two weeks! August 25, 2014
Online (Available 24/7)


This eight week online class offers a convenient way to help you get started with and/or refresh your understanding of the role of the media specialist in schools libraries and other contexts. It will also help those who have yet to take the endorsement exam to prepare to successfully pass it to receive the State of Florida Media Specialist endorsement.

Available 24/7, the program is convenient and accessible anywhere you have computer access. In addition, you’ll obtain feedback from the instructor, an expert in the field, helping you strengthen specific skill sets.


Course Information


Sandra Agle, Ed.D
FGCU email:
Phone: 239-565-4577 (mobile)

Sandra K. Agle, EdD, is the administrator for the Media Services Department through the Curriculum and Emerging Technology departments, Curriculum Staff Development Center at the Lee County Public Education Center, Fort Myers, FL.

Dr. Agle graduated from Memphis State University with a BS in Science in Education, has an MS in Instructional Technology from USF and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


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Weekly Cycles/Topics:

  1. Connections to the Learning Community

    Participants will learn to identify the essential elements of a school library program. They will discover methods to promote collaborative relationships between school media staff and the learning community, while identifying leadership opportunities for media specialists.

  2. Media Standards for Student Learning

    Participants will identify the effects of change on the evolution of school library media programs and national standards. Strategies for supporting school improvement will be studied as the participants develop techniques for teaching basic media skills through a standards-based process.

  3. Information Literacy and Research

    Participants will identify the relevance and importance of information literacy to both students and teachers. The course will help participants identify activities whereby students can demonstrate their acquisition and retention of these skills. The participants will also identify criteria for determining to what extent library media skills, including critical thinking skills, have been incorporated and reinforces in appropriate areas in the curriculum. The course will explore and utilize the F.I.N.D.S. research model.

  4. Information Access and Technology Integration

    Participants will identify the relevance and importance of information literacy in regards to web resources. They will learn instructional methods and tools to enhance student learning while reinforcing information literacy skills through media resources.

  5. Media Center Program Administration

    Participants will identify the components and participants of strategic planning and evaluation of a school library media program. During this process the participants will identify strategies for collecting information to determine the impact of the school library media program through data and collaborative instructional planning.