In a world where media is at our fingertips, it is vital that we understand the media and information landscape, consume content with a critical eye, recognize the ways media shape perception and social action, and meaningfully contribute through our own creations. This certificate is built on the premise that media literacy education is paramount to full participation in a democratic society and that all students deserve practice with these skills under the guidance of a dedicated and trained educator.
Recent Illinois legislation (IL House Bill 234) amended the Illinois school code by adding a provision that every public high school is required to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy. It additionally sets forth what topics the unit of instruction shall include, and provides that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) shall determine how to prepare and make available instructional resources and professional learning opportunities for educators that may be used for the development of the unit of instruction.
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The Certificate in Teaching Media Literacy provides 12 credits of online synchronous classes that will prepare you to teach the media literacy instruction requirements. Plus, you will earn professional development hours from the ISBE and/or work toward further School Librarian and Technology Specialist Endorsements.