Texas A&M University-Commerce has been ranked No. 6 in the Top 25 Library Science Degree Online Graduate Programs list on graduateprograms.com, tied with Syracuse University.
A&M-Commerce offers several options to prepare someone to become a certified School Librarian. Although an MLS is not offered, A&M-Commerce has a state-recognized School Librarian Certification program. Teachers who already possess a master’s degree in another field, like reading, curriculum and instruction, or secondary education, can complete the School Librarian Certification program, including six courses and a practicum. For those teachers that do not already have a master’s degree, the program has coupled the core coursework required for the master’s degree in Educational Technology with the coursework and practicum required for School Librarian Certification to create the Master’s in Educational Technology Library Science. A&M-Commerce was rated at 8.77, compared to the school in first, University of Arizona, at 9.57.
“Most of our teachers (that is, the teachers who are students in this program) find it to be ‘the best of both worlds,’ as it prepares them to design digital age learning experiences for both the classrooms and the libraries at their schools,” said MaryJo Dondlinger, coordinator of the Ed Tech Library Science Program.
Program rankings were compiled with data between September 1, 2012 and September 20, 2015. The data came from over 75,000 reviews from students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs around the country. The ratings are based on a 10 star system, with 10 being the best.
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through both scholarship entries and social media platforms. It assigns 15 different ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. The rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the ranking categories, which are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and translated into a final ranking for that graduate program. Each graduate program is not ranked until a minimum amount of graduate student surveys are completed for that program.
To see the full list, visit www.graduateprograms.com/library-science-degree-online.