Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Mary Stuckey - Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Cynthia Hoffner - Committee Member

Third Advisor

Holley Wilkin - Committee Member


It is difficult to deny the ubiquitous nature of our mediated landscape in the United States. With the plethora of mediated messages come media related risks for children. Training in media literacy is one way to combat these risks. Unfortunately, most American public school media literacy standards are in need of improvement. This project examines how media literacy functions in American K-12 public schools. It not only applies a standard of assessment for media literacy standards, but also provides a synopsis of the range of advanced to poor programs across the country. Then, suggestions for improving lacking programs are revealed in a case study on Texas’ advanced media literacy program.

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