About

School Librarianship

School 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 skills as teachers, guiding students in research and reading as well as information literacy, ethical use of information, and critical thinking.
Please review the UWM Standards for School Librarianship (.pdf).

School Librarian Pathways

SOIS offers four different pathways to candidates seeking the School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902). All pathways will provide candidates with the skills and competencies needed to work as licensed school librarians in Wisconsin.
The pathways will determine the course requirements and your enrollment status while completing the program(s). Please review the options below to find the right pathway for you.

I Currently Hold A Wisconsin Classroom Teacher's License

Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) + School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902) [1A Pathway]

You can earn both the MLIS degree along with the School Library Media Specialist Certification. This is referred to as the 1A Pathway.
Things to know about this pathway…

  1. You must apply and be admitted to the MLIS Program as a graduate student
  2. You must complete all program requirements at the graduate level
How to Apply for this option…
Application to UWM/SOIS
Apply to the MLIS degree program following the instructions under the Admission tab on this page:  https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis/
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/

School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902) (Non-Degree Candidate)* [1B Pathway]

You can enroll as a non-degree student to complete the competencies needed to work as a licensed school librarian in Wisconsin. This is referred to as the 1B Pathway.
Things to know about this pathway…

  1. You will be admitted to the university and enroll in courses as a non-degree candidate*
  2. You may enroll in courses (with the exception of two 700-level courses) at the undergraduate level.
How to Apply for this option…
Undergraduate Non-degree Application*
Apply as an undergraduate non-degree candidate: https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/non-degree/
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/
I Have A Bachelor's Degree, But Do NOT Hold A Wisconsin Classroom Teacher's License

Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) + School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902) [2A Pathway]

You can earn both the MLIS degree along with the School Library Media Specialist Certification. This is referred to as the 2A Pathway.
Things to know about this pathway…

  1. You must apply to and be admitted to the MLIS Program  as a graduate student
  2. You must complete all program requirements for the MLIS program at the graduate level.
  3. Once the MLIS is complete, you must complete additional requirements to obtain the standalone teaching license in library media. These additional courses can be taken as a non-degree candidate at the undergraduate level.
How to Apply for this option…
Application to UWM/SOIS
Apply to the MLIS degree program following the instructions under the Admission tab on this page:  https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis/
Undergraduate Non-degree Application*
Once the MLIS is complete, apply as an undergraduate non-degree candidate to complete the additional requirements for the standalone teaching license in library media:  https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/non-degree/
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/

School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902) (Non-Degree Candidate)* [2B Pathway]

You can complete the competencies needed to work as a licensed school librarian in Wisconsin with the School Library Media Specialist Certification. This is referred to as the 2B Pathway.
Things to know about this pathway…

  1. You will be admitted to the university and enroll in courses as a non-degree candidate
  2. You may enroll in courses (with the exception of two 700-level courses) at the undergraduate level.
  3. Once you complete the School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902) requirements, you must complete additional requirements to obtain the standalone teaching license in library media. These additional courses can also be taken as a non-degree candidate at the undergraduate level.
How to Apply for this option…
Undergraduate Non-degree Application*
Apply as an undergraduate non-degree candidate: https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/student-type/non-degree/
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/

 

What is Non-Degree Candidate Admission?

This admission category allows you to take courses for undergraduate or graduate credit without pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Students who wish to complete only the School Library Media Certification can be admitted to UWM and take courses as a non-degree candidate.

*Non-degree Candidates

Non-degree candidates Transcripts

Non-degree candidates (student who do not wish to pursue the MLIS degree) 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.

Applying As Undergraduate Non-degree

To apply as an undergraduate non-degree student, please be sure to apply as a special undergraduate student by choosing the following categories within the University of Wisconsin System website (https://apply.wisconsin.edu/):

Lastly, in your personal statement, please include that you are interested in School Library Media Certification.


*700 Level Courses:  Please be aware that two of the required courses (INFOST 740 and INFOST 745) are available for graduate credit only.  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. Watch the course schedule for when these courses are offered. If you need assistance in making this switch, you may contact a SOIS graduate student advisor for guidance.


 

Things To Know:

Online & Onsite Options
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 candidates who do not currently hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license 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.

 

Loan Forgiveness
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. To learn more about the Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Programs for Educators, visit: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/programs/loan-forgiveness

 

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 options 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.

 

Curriculum


Wisconsin 1902 Library Media Certification Curriculum

Below you will find an overview of the curriculum requirements for the 1902 Library Media Certification. Please be aware that an individual program plan will be developed for each student based on previous coursework, professional licenses and credentials. Students will work closely with the library media program coordinator to develop an individual program plan based on the curriculum outlined below. View the Printable Sample 1902 School Librarian Certification Program Plan (.pdf)

Library Media Certification Curriculum - to be completed by all certification candidates:
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS
INFOST 501 Foundations of Lib & Info Science
(MLIS Core – only required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 511 Organization of Information
(MLIS Core – only required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 571 Information Access and Retrieval
(MLIS Core – only required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 799 Research in LIS
(MLIS Core – only required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 520 Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 645 Library Materials for Children 3
INFOST 646 Library Materials for Young Adults 3
INFOST 642 School Library Media Programs and Resources 3
INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries:
Practicum (100-200 hours)
2-3
INFOST 691 Cataloging and Classification for School Libraries 1
INFOST 740 Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 670 Production & Utilization of Instructional Technologies 3
INFOST 745 Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3

Courses highlighted  BOLD above are required for individuals who wish to earn the MLIS as well as school library certification; additionally, all courses must be taken at the graduate level to meet the 30/36 credit requirement of the master’s degree.

Individuals not wishing to earn the MLIS degree (Non-degree candidates) may omit the 4 MLIS core courses from their program plan and may take the remaining courses (with the exception of the 700-level courses) for undergraduate credit if desired.

Additional Notes: 

  • Student is responsible for following all prerequisites.
  • Courses waived because of previous coursework or professional experience do not appear on the transcript and are not considered to be transfer credits.
  • Students pursuing the MLIS degree must meet all requirements of that degree program. Please review the MLIS Degree Requirements website for complete details.
ADDITIONAL CURRICULUM for candidates who DO NOT hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license:
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS
CURRINS 378 Understanding and Developing the edTPA (U) 1
CURRINS 510 Cooperative Strategies for Pre and Early Adolescents (U/G) 1-3
CURRINS 545 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School (U/G) 3
EDPSYCH 325 Practice of Classroom Assessment (U) 2-3
EDPSYCH 640 Human Development: Theory and Research (U/G) 3
EXEDUC 600 Survey of Exceptional Education (U/G) 3
INFOST 495/990 Fieldwork/Pre-student Teaching (U) 1-3
INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries:
Practicum (100-200 hours)
12
SOE Seminar on ACT 31 – History, Culture and Sovereignty Rights of Wisconsin Indians (1 day, continuing education) n/c
Pearson EdTPA: Library Specialist
Additional Notes: 

  • Student is responsible for following all prerequisites.
  • Courses waived because of previous coursework or professional experience do not appear on the transcript and are not considered to be transfer credits.

edTPA

All candidates who are seeking a stand-alone teachers license in library media (who do not currently hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license) 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)

Additional Resources

Clinicals

Clinical Experience Requirements

A supervised clinical experience is required of all candidates for the 1902 license.
Students must complete their clinical experience under the supervision of a School Library Media Specialist who has a 1902 license and three years of experience at the site.

For candidates who hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license:
INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (Practicum) 2-3 credits. 
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.
Note: This course must be taken at the graduate level for candidates pursuing the MLIS degree. It can be taken at the undergraduate level (as a non-degree student) for all others. 
Pertinent
Documents
644 Clinical Experience – Practicum (2-3 credits, UG or G)

For candidates who DO NOT hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license:

Wisconsin Statues require a pre-student teaching experience AND student teaching experience.

Pre-Student Teaching

INFOST 495 Fieldwork/Pre-student Teaching (undergraduate-level)
Non-degree candidates complete INFOST 495 (undergraduate) for pre-student teaching.

-OR-

INFOST 990 Fieldwork/Pre-student Teaching (graduate-level)
Candidate complete INFOST 990 (graduate) for pre-student teaching if graduate credit is needed for the MLIS degree.

This requirement 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.

Pertinent
Documents
495/990 Fieldwork – Pre-Student Teaching (1-3 credits, UG or G)

Student Teaching

INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries (Practicum) 12 credits. 
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 – 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 individuals with a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license or full semester Student Teaching for individuals who currently do not hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license) should be divided between two schools at two different levels (elementary, middle, high school). The 495/990 Pre-Student Teaching experience for candidates who do not currently hold a Wisconsin classroom teacher’s license 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 candidates not currently holding a Wisconsin classroom teaching license who are 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. You will be required to write and upload journal entries and other materials into the course site on Canvas.

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.

License

1902 Wisconsin Library Media Specialist license

Steps to Acquire License

  1. Complete all courses and activities required for licensure, as outlined in your individual program plan.
  2. Complete the School of Education’s data form
    When completed this form will be submitted to UWM’s Certification Office.
  3. Request verification of your Program Plan and examination of your ePortfolio.
    Contact the School Library Media Coordinator shersh@uwm.edu to request your individual certification program plan and ePortfolio be examined and verified.

Institutional Endorsement

Once your program plan and ePortfolio are approved, the SOIS School Library Media Coordinator will request endorsement of your ELO application by UWM. The UWM 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 Resources

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

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:

  • 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.]

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.

 

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 )
-or-
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