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Library Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Kutztown, PA, United States
You’ll be able to choose your dream position as a certified Library Media Specialist.  Employers including museums and cultural institutions, research facilities, businesses, and nonprofits are eager to hire qualified research specialists due to a nationwide shortage. The KU program consistently achieves a nearly 100 percent placement rate.
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Overview

For students interested in becoming a Library Media Specialists in a school setting, KU offers one of the few undergraduate programs in the country, and the only one in Pennsylvania preparing students to become certified professional Library Media Specialists. The Pennsylvania Library Media Specialist teaching certification is also highly regarded in surrounding states and beyond.

Library Media Specialists work with children and fellow teachers to enrich a love of learning, support research, integrate instructional technologies and drive creative information sharing. Upon completion of program requirements, candidates will receive Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and will be eligible for immediate employment.

Sample Career Options

  • Media specialist
  • Metadata specialist
  • Technical services specialist
  • Digital collections librarian
  • Genealogy researcher
  • Social science data librarian
  • Library director
  • Curator
  • Information architect
  • School librarian
  • Teacher librarian

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Students will become discriminating consumers and skilled creators of information and media.
  • Students will become collaborative leaders who engage in ethical practices in the use of informational and instructional technologies.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to provide effective resources and activities that contribute to their own patrons' lifelong learning, while accommodating a wide range or differences in learning styles, interests, and capacities.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to provide resources and learning activities that represent a diversity of experiences, opinions, social and cultural perspectives, supporting the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are prerequisites to effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    53

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the admissions application. 
  • Pay the non-refundable $35 application fee. KU subscribes to the College Board and NACAC fee waiver programs.
  • Send an official high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. GED results must be sent directly from the Department of Education.
  • Submit SAT or ACT test scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5787 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5787 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    3858 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3858 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kutztown

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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