April 4, 2018
In 2017, the Wisconsin DPI approved new rules that allow candidates to obtain school library certification (the 1902 license) without a separate classroom teacher’s license and/or without a master’s degree. Work to create these new non-degree and non-teacher license options through SOIS was successfully completed and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the spring of 2018. The DPI’s Content Guidelines for the license (link) have been condensed and re-written for use in the SOIS program. You’ll find the UWM Standards for School Librarians attached below, along with the new program plan.
There are now four possible pathways (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B) to the 1902 School Librarian license.
Category 1: Candidates who hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license:
- Option A: MLIS + 1902 requires completion of all courses and activities on p. 1 of the Program Plan (.pdf)
- Option B: Non-degree 1902 requires completion of all courses and activities on p. 1, with the exception of the first 4 listed (MLIS core and culminating courses). 500 and 600 level courses may be taken for undergraduate credit if desired.
Category 2: Candidates who do NOT hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license but do hold a bachelor’s degree:
- Option A: MLIS + 1902 requires completion of all courses and activities on p. 1 AND p. 2 of the Program Plan (.pdf)
- Option B: Non-degree 1902 requires completion of all courses and activities on p. 1 AND 2, with the exception of the first 4 listed (MLIS core and culminating courses). 500 and 600 level courses may be taken for undergraduate credit if desired.
Admission to Category 1 pathways is available now; use the Admission tab on our website to apply as an MLIS or non-degree candidate, then fill out the application to the school library certification program linked in the lower right corner of this page. Category 2 candidates may apply to be admitted beginning in the fall of 2018. Please note that the education coursework listed on p. 2 is offered through the UWM School of Education. Some but not all of these courses are available online. Candidates may find equivalent courses to take at universities across the state if needed. Equivalents should be approved by the School Library Coordinator before enrollment.
Additional information on these pathways, clinical experiences and other details of the program will be added to this site in the coming months. Any immediate questions may be directed to Mary Wepking, School Library Coordinator.
The School of Information Studies offers students the opportunity to obtain certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as library media specialists or school librarians.
Because school library certification requires that candidates meet specific competencies, the program plan is individualized for each student, with courses selected based on past academic and professional work experience.
Things to Know:
- In Wisconsin, the library media license may be an add-on certification for those who already hold a teacher’s license, or may be obtained by non-teachers who take additional education coursework and complete required activities for teacher licensure.
- The library media certification is available to students who are pursuing the MLIS degree, and also available as a non-degree, post-baccalaureate program.
- Category 1 candidates (those with a classroom teacher’s license) must complete a 200-hour practicum, divided between elementary and secondary school settings. Category 2 candidates (those without a teacher’s license) must complete a full semester of student teaching along with other education requirements listed on p. 2 of the program plan.
- All SOIS courses required for this certification are offered online and many are also offered onsite. As with the MLIS degree, it is possible to complete school library certification entirely online. Education courses for Category 2 candidates may be available online, but some are onsite only. Candidates living beyond a reasonable drive to the UWM campus may find equivalent education courses at other Wisconsin universities offering teacher training.
- Final assessment of the candidate for certification is done by completion of an electronic portfolio.
- Because School Library Media has been identified by the State of Wisconsin as a teacher shortage area, students may be eligible for student loan cancellation, depending on the type of loan obtained. Additionally, serving in a low-income school may make the student eligible for loan forgiveness for a wider range of loan types. See the link below under Additional Resources to learn more about these student loan forgiveness and cancellation opportunities.
- Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association – professional information, licensure details, job seeking, as well as related links
- Resources for School Librarians – learn about the world and work of school library media specialists
- Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Programs for Educators
More information about application to the certification program may be obtained from the School Library Media Coordinator, Mary Wepking, firstname.lastname@example.org
All candidates for certification will follow an individualized plan based on past coursework and professional experience, using this Certification Program Plan
Requirements: 1902 License
- 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science
- 511 Organization of Information
- 520 Managing Library Collection
- 571 Information Access and Retrieval
- 642 School Library Media Programs and Resources
- 644 School Library Practicum
- 645 Library Materials for Children
- 646 Library Materials for Young Adults
- 670 Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology
- 691 Spec Topics: Cataloging for Small/School Libraries or equivalent (link)
- 740 Information Literacy Instruction
- 745 Library Services for Children and Young Adults
- 799 Research Methods in Information Studies
- 701 Curriculum Planning (or equivalent)
All certification candidates will be required to submit an ePortfolio which demonstrates their proficiency in the Content Standards as established by the Wisconsin DPI. The ePortfolio may be completed in D2L (UWM’s Course Management System). General information and tutorials on how to create the portfolio may be found through the UWM School of Education website. ( https://uwm.courses.wisconsin.edu/d2l/eP/presentations/presentation_preview_popup.d2l?presId=158948 )
If you have already completed any of the above courses as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student, confer with your assigned faculty advisor about utilizing these courses to meet the Wisconsin certification requirement.
|• Practicum Overview (PDF)||• Fieldwork Application|
|• Checklist (PDF)||• Fieldwork Guidelines|
|• Evaluation Rubric (PDF)||• Fieldwork Placement Student Evaluation|
|• Fieldwork Supervisor Evaluation|
School Library Practicum – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For the 1902 Wisconsin Library Media Specialist license:
When you have completed all of the courses and activities required for licensure, as outlined in your individual program plan, you should complete the School of Education’s data form. That form will be submitted to UWM’s Certification Office. You also need to contact the School Library Media Coordinator email@example.com so that your individual certification program plan and ePortfolio may be examined. When your ePortfolio is approved and the completion of your individual program plan is verified, the SOIS School Library Media Coordinator will contact UWM’s Certification Officer by email, copying the applicant. The Certification Officer will then approve your completion of the 1902 program in the DPI’s online system. Your license application will not be processed by the DPI until they have received this institutional endorsement from UWM.
Please see this page for additional information on using the DPI’s Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system:http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/elo .
You may also find useful information on the School of Education’s ELO site: http://www.certification.soe.uwm.edu. The portion for post-baccs, Non-Degree, Graduate Level Candidates applies to SOIS 1902 applicants).
Please use the appropriate form and code to apply for your license. Note that all school librarian licenses are granted for level “EC/A” (early childhood through adolescence, or k-12). See the information below to be sure you use the correct form and code in your online application:
- Students who do not hold a Professional-level teacher’s license will be requesting the Initial 1902 license. These students should apply using the teacher first-time request for an Initial Educator form (T001-1020) with the subject area “1901-Library Media Specialist Non-renewable.
- Students who hold a Professional-level teacher’s license are eligible for the Professional-level 1902 upon completion of their SOIS certification program. They use the ELO form to apply for a Professional Educator (T001-1030) with the subject area “1902-Instructional Library Media Specialist.”
- Students who need to renew a 1-year emergency permit should consult this page for guidance: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/emergencey-renewal-tips. The first emergency 1902 license is granted at the request of the district. Subsequent 1902 emergency licenses are granted when the district attests that the candidate has made adequate progress toward full certification during the previous academic year. (PI-34 defines adequate progress as a minimum of 6 credits earned toward the approved program plan.) Candidates may request an updated program plan from the School Library Coordinator to provide to their district administration as evidence of adequate progress.
For all applications to the DPI for a license, UWM must provide assurance that you have met the requirements for the license or for emergency renewal, so be sure to contact the School Library Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you are ready to apply.
For out-of-state school librarian licenses:
Out-of-State students should consult their own state’s educator licensing office to determine which forms are needed. If the forms require UWM endorsement, please send your materials to:
UWM School of Information Studies
NWQ B 3489
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413
This website will be useful to all certification candidates, especially those outside of Wisconsin: http://www.ala.org/aasl/education/recruitment/licensing