FTCE Educational Media Specialist PK-12 Exam

The Educational Media Specialist PK-12 subject examination consists of about 120 multiple-choice questions. Question formats will include direct questions, sentence completion, command, data analysis, and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 25 core competencies, each with between 2 and 8 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.

Test-takers will need to demonstrate:
Knowledge of professional organizations, resources, and national and state guidelines and standards for the school library media specialist

Knowledge of teaching and learning principles of the school library media specialist

Knowledge of the instructional partner responsibilities of the school library media specialist

Knowledge of teaching methods for implementing multiple literacies

Knowledge of methods for teaching and assisting the school learning community in design and production of various types of media

Knowledge of design and delivery of staff development

Knowledge of the information specialist responsibilities of the school library media specialist

Knowledge of resources in all formats for the learning community

Knowledge of the foundations, designing, planning, and development of a school library media program

Knowledge of procedures to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of a school library media program

Comprehension of skills required to plan, prepare, advocate, and administer a budget

Knowledge of supervision of staff and volunteers for the school library media program

Knowledge of policies and procedures used in the school library media program

Knowledge of methods for creating an active learning environment

Knowledge of methods for advocating an effective school library media program

Knowledge of policies and procedures for collection development

Knowledge of policies and processes for managing, cataloging, organizing, circulating, and maintaining resources

Comprehension of leadership and interpersonal skills for the school library media specialist

Knowledge of state and national legislation and their effects on the school library media program

Knowledge of current professional trends and issues of the school library media program

Knowledge of research related to the school library media program

Knowledge of professional ethics for the school library media specialist

Knowledge of methods for providing equity, diversity, and global perspectives in the school library media program

Knowledge of methods for integrating technology into the instructional program

Knowledge of reading research and strategies

FTCE Educational Media Specialist PK-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Which choice is NOT an active state or national school library media professional association?
A. American Library Association
B. Florida Association for Media in Education
C. American Association of School Librarians
D. Florida Association of School Librarians

2. Intellectual freedom does NOT pertain to:
A. censorship
B. Internet filtering
C. independent thought
D. book challenges

3. The Florida Electronic Library requires _____________ in order to register to use this site.
A. a Florida driver’s license
B. a Florida public library card
C. a library card from any public library, community college, or state university
D. proof of enrollment at any K-12 school, community college, or state university

4. “A specified series of actions necessary for accomplishing a particular goal; course of action and may or may not be documented” describes what?
A. procedure
B. policy
C. procurement
D. process

5. Which choice is NOT one of the four factors that judges consider in resolving fair use disputes?
A. the purpose and character of the use
B. whether it is for educational use only
C. the amount and sustainability of the portion taken
D. the nature of the copyrighted work


Answer Key

1. D. The Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) was created in 1972 when the Florida Association of School Librarians, the Florida Audiovisual Association, and the Florida Association of Educational Television voted to merge into one association.
2. C. Librarians are charged with ensuring the benefits of intellectual freedom, and must be prepared by developing related policy, responding to censorship challenges, dealing with pressure groups, and promoting access to appropriate materials. Independent thought is always welcomed and should be nurtured.
3. B. Resources available on this site are for exclusive use by Florida residents. Use of a Florida public library card provides reasonable assurance to the database providers that the user is a Florida resident.
4. A. Policies are almost always documented, such as in a policy manual, whereas procedures may very well be verbal practices based on a preferred routine or process.
5. B. The missing factor is not whether it is for educational use only but rather the effect of the use upon the potential market. Denying a copyright owner the potential to make money or reducing or eliminating the ability to tap into a new or expanded market can result in a lawsuit, even if the information is not competing with the original work or is for “educational purposes” only.