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mlis_slmSchool librarians serve the information needs of k-12 schools and districts.  In addition to library and information studies content and competencies, school librarians also have skill as teachers, guiding students in research and reading as well as information literacy, ethical use of information, and critical thinking.

Due to recent changes in license rules for school library media in Wisconsin, UWM-SOIS is now able to offer 4 pathways to candidates seeking this license.

SCHOOL LIBRARIAN PATHWAYS

Category 1:  Candidates who hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license:

  • 1A: MLIS + 1902 requires completion of all courses and activities on p. 1 of the Program Plan (.pdf)
  • 1B: 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:

  • 2A: MLIS + 1902 requires completion of all courses and activities on p. 1 AND p. 2 of the Program Plan (.pdf)
  • 2B: 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.

 

All pathways will provide candidates with the skills and competencies needed to work as licensed school librarians in Wisconsin.  Standards that will be met through completion of these programs, along with the program planning document, are found here:

Please click on the Admission, Clinical Experience, and Portfolio tabs above to learn more about the requirements for each of these 4 pathways.


Things to Know:

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 if a required education course is not available online through UWM.

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.


Additional Resources:


Out-of-State Candidates

Candidates who wish to earn school library certification in a state other than Wisconsin may be able to do so through UWM’s MLIS degree or non-degree program.  Each candidate must do the research on his or her state’s requirements for the license and determine if a UWM program will meet those requirements.  Any questions about creating a program plan to obtain library media certification in a state other than Wisconsin may be directed to the School Library Coordinator.

NOTE:  The new Category 2 pathways that allow non-teachers to obtain a stand-alone teaching license in library media are offered to Wisconsin candidates only.  We are not able to provide an initial teacher preparation program for those outside the state.

Admission

CATEGORY APPLICATION TO UWM/SOIS
1A Apply to the MLIS degree program following the instructions under the Admission tab on this page:  https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis/
1B Apply as an undergraduate non-degree candidate to complete p. 1 requirements, omitting core and culminating courses: https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/non-degree/  *
2A Apply to the MLIS degree program following the instructions under the Admission tab on this page:  https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis/
Once MLIS is complete, apply as an undergraduate non-degree candidate to complete p. 2 requirements: https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/non-degree/
2B Apply as an undergraduate non-degree candidate to complete p. 1 requirements, omitting core and culminating courses: https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/non-degree/ * AND then continue with p. 2 requirements.

School Library Media Certification Application
After admission to UWM (once you receive your Student ID and Panther login and password), all candidates must complete this application to be admitted to the school library certification track to earn the 1902 k-12 license in Wisconsin: https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis-school-media/library-media-certification-application/

Non-degree candidates (1B and 2B)
Non-degree candidates (1B and 2B) must email transcripts (unofficial  transcripts acceptable) of all college coursework to the School Library Coordinator so that prior coursework can be reviewed for the purposes of creating an individualized program plan.  1A and 2A candidates will submit transcripts with their application to the MLIS program.

*1B and 2B candidates:  Please be aware that two of the p. 1 required courses (INFOST 740 and INFOST 745) are available for graduate credit only.  Watch the course schedule for when these courses are offered.  During the term in which you take either or both of these courses, you will need to switch your enrollment from undergraduate non-degree to GRADUATE non-degree.  You may not enroll in courses for undergraduate and for graduate credit in the same term.  If you need assistance in making this switch, you may contact a SOIS graduate student advisor for guidance.

Clinicals

A supervised clinical experience is required of all candidates for the 1902 license.

CATEGORY APPLICATION TO UWM/SOIS
1A INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (Practicum) 2-3 credits Graduate level.  Candidates employed on a provisional or emergency 1902 license and currently working as a school librarian meet clinical experience requirements with 2 credits/100 hours, split between elementary and secondary placements.  All other candidates complete 3 credits/200 hours, equally divided.
1B INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (Practicum) 2-3 credits Undergraduate level.  Candidates employed on a provisional or emergency 1902 license and currently working as a school librarian meet clinical experience requirements with 2 credits/100 hours, split between elementary and secondary placements.  All other candidates complete 3 credits/200 hours, equally divided.
2A
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2B

Wisconsin Statues require a pre-student teaching experience as well as student teaching.  Candidates complete INFOST 990 (graduate) for pre-student teaching if graduate credits are needed for the MLIS (2A), or INFOST 495 if taken for undergraduate credit (2B).  This may be done at the conclusion of LIS studies and/or early in the education coursework.  These experiences may be 50, 100 or 200 hours (1, 2, or 3 credits) depending on prior experience and need and determined in consultation with the School Library Coordinator.

In the final semester of the program, candidates must complete a full semester of INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (Student Teaching), 12 credits undergrad (full time, full semester tuition).

Students already working full time as school librarians under a provisional license should see the FAQ’s below.

Pertinent Documents:

644 Clinical Experience for Category 1 – Practicum (2-3 credits, UG or G)

495/990 Fieldwork for Category 2 – Pre-Student Teaching (1-3 credits, UG or G)

644 Clinical Experience for Category 2 – Student Teaching (12 credits, UG)


Clinical Experience FAQs

What are the requirements for my Clinical Experience placements?

You need to work under the supervision of a School Library Media Specialist who has a 1902 license and three years of experience at the site. Your experience (whether the 200-hour Practicum for Category 1 or full semester Student Teaching for Category 2) should be divided between two schools at two different levels (elementary, middle, high school). The 495/990 Pre-Student Teaching experience for Category 2 candidates will ideally also include experiences at both levels.

How do I do a Clinical Experience when I am working full time on an emergency or provisional 1902?

Part of your Clinical Experience in this case may be on-the-job, but the full experience must be mentored by a licensed school librarian as described above. Ideally, you will find a site supervisor in your district or a nearby district. If you are working at one level (elementary or secondary), it is recommended that you find a site supervisor at the opposite level; if you are a k-12 librarian, another k-12 librarian is a good choice. You should plan to spend some amount of time (up to half of your hours) working full-time in your site supervisor’s library. The balance of your hours may be done in your own library with ongoing support and mentorship from your site supervisor. This may be accomplished through meetings and communication and through visits and observations you site supervisor makes to your library. For Category 2 candidates doing a full semester of student teaching, you should be sure your administration is aware of your need to gain experience in your site supervisor’s library for part of your Student Teaching semester, with several weeks up to a full quarter in that library recommended.

What coursework is needed prior to registering for 644?

You should have completed at least half of your program, with 520, 740 and the youth materials courses as a minimum. You should plan to take 642 before or concurrently with your clinical experience. Ideally, your Clinical Experience (644) will take place in your final semester of study.

Can I spread out the hours through the semester?

Student Teaching must be full time for a full semester, on the calendar of your site school district. Your Practicum experience will be the most valuable if you can do all of your work in a concentrated time. However, this is not always feasible since many of our students have work obligations. Dividing the placements between two semesters may be desirable. Please discuss your plan with the School Library coordinator before making final arrangements.

How do I approach someone about a clinical experience?

Consider school libraries in your district or nearby. Contact the library media specialist and ask for an appointment to discuss a possible placement. This gives you both a chance to determine whether you might be a good match. It is up to the librarian to clear a placement with his/her supervisor and to advise you whether a background check is required by the district. Site supervisors will complete a brief training online to assist them in fulfilling their role as supervisor and professional mentor.

What features should I look for in a clinical site?

You will want to work where there is a fully-functioning library and information literacy program including regular information skills instruction with students and staff, current technology, planning and collaboration with teachers and interaction with administrators and with parents.

Why don't you assign practicum placements?

Students often have an idea of where they would like to work. Furthermore, we wish to avoid mismatches as much as possible. If you need help in finding a placement, you may contact the School Library Coordinator for suggestions and advice.

Am I required to have a Criminal Background Check and/or TB skin test to do a clinical experience in a k-12 school?

Yes. You will be contacted be the Office of Clinical Experience (School of Ed) with information on completing these 2 requirements. If you are completing a clinical experience as on-the-job or in the school district in which you are currently employed, you will complete a form that verifies your employment with the district.

Will a SOIS representative come to visit me during my practicum?

Practicum students may expect one site visit, either in person or via phone or Skype. Student Teachers will be assessed multiple times through observations by the site supervisor and university supervisor. The university supervisor or designee will conduct 3 supervisory visits of at least 1 hour in length, with feedback provided to the candidate. One evaluation of the candidate will be performed by the cooperating teacher/site supervisor. For online/distance students, some visits will be done via Skype or a similar tool. During these visits, we would like to see you working with students, then have a three-way conference with you and your site supervisor.

Is the visit the only contact I will have with you during practicum?

No, regular communication throughout the practicum is expected. A D2L or Canvas site is provided and you will be expected to write and upload journal entries and materials in which you reflect on your experience.

What should I expect to do during my Clinical Experience?

Before you begin your clinical placement, you will do a self-assessment based on selected Wisconsin Standards and Benchmarks (Clinical Experience Assessment Rubric). Submit a copy of this report in the Clinical Experience Checklist as a guide for experiences you want to include. Avoid being told or shown in favor of rolling up your sleeves and doing it. Remember also that this is your chance to learn practical skills, like simple book repair and computer troubleshooting.

Any other expectations?

Approach this experience with the professional standards in mind at all times. This refers to everything from your appearance and comportment to punctuality. Absences should be avoided. If you cannot be present when you are expected, please let the cooperating librarian know in a timely manner. Student Teachers should read the UWM Student Teaching Handbook for a thorough overview of requirements.

How is my practicum assessed?

Your Site Supervisor will complete an assessment form, and the UWM School Library Coordinator will read and assess your final reflections.

Portfolio

The final assessment for the 1902 license is completed through an ePortfolio plus the edTPA process for Library Specialist (Category 2) as indicated below.

CATEGORY PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
1A ePortfolio (D2L or Canvas) based on UWM Standards for School Librarians (template provided)
1B ePortfolio (D2L or Canvas) based on UWM Standards for School Librarians (template provided
2A edTPA Assessment PLUS eportfolio based on inTASC Standards 9 & 10 (template provided in D2L or Canvas)
2B edTPA Assessment PLUS eportfolio based on inTASC Standards 9 & 10 (template provided in D2L or Canvas)

ePortfolio

ePortfolio Guidelines (PDF)


edTPA

All Category 2 candidates seeking a stand-alone teachers license in library media must complete the edTPA process.  A 1 credit course offered each spring by the School of Education will introduce this assessment and guide candidates in successful completion of the activity.  More information on edTPA at UWM may be found here:  https://uwm.edu/education/academics/edtpa/teacher-candidates/  Look specifically at the Handbook as well as Rubrics and Rubric Level Progressions for Library Specialist.

edTPA Handbook – Library Specialist  (PDF)
edTPA Score Form – Library Specialist (PDF)
edTPA Understanding Rubric Level Progressions – Library Specialist (PDF)

License

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 shersh@uwm.edu  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 notify UWM’s Certification Officer so that your license application in ELO may be endorsed by UWM. The Certification Officer will then approve your application for the 1902 license 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.

DPI’s Educator Licensing Online (ELO)
Please see this page for additional information on using the DPI’s Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo

UWM’s School of Education’s ELO site
You may also find useful information on the School of Education’s ELO site: https://uwm.edu/education/academics/resources/licensing-stipulations-renewals/. The section for post-baccs, Non-Degree, Graduate Level Candidates applies to SOIS 1902 applicants.

Please use the appropriate form and codes to apply for your license.  Note that all school librarian licenses are granted for level PK-12, license number 1902.  See the information below for additional guidance:

  • Both Category 1 and Category 2 candidates will apply for the 1902 using the DPI’s online system. Follow the instructions found on this page:  https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/in-state/wi-teacher-tips  to apply for the “1902-Instructional Library Media Specialist.”
  • Students who need to renew One-Year License with Stipulations should consult this page for guidance: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/lws-oneyear. [The first one-year 1902 license is granted at the request of the hiring district.  Subsequent 1902 one-year 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 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: Susan Hersh  ( shersh@uwm.edu )
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Susan Hersh
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