Admission

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 and learn how to apply.

I currently hold a teacher's license

1A Pathway: Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) + School Library Media Specialist Certification (WI #1902 License)

You can earn both the MLIS degree along with the School Library Media Specialist Certification.

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/?target=Admission
School Library Media Declaration of Intent
After admission to UWM (once you receive your Student ID and Panther login and password), please complete this intent form for enrollment into the School Library Certification Program. https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis-school-media/library-media-certification-application/

1B Pathway: School Library Media Specialist Certification (WI #1902 License)

You can enroll as a certificate program student (undergraduate level) to complete the competencies needed to work as a licensed school librarian in Wisconsin, without the MLIS degree.

How to Apply for this option…
Certificate Program Application (undergraduate level)
Apply as an undergraduate Certificate (undergraduate level) candidate. Please refer to the Certificate (undergraduate level) candidate admission support section. Application: https://apply.wisconsin.edu/
School Library Media Declaration of Intent
After admission to UWM (once you receive your Student ID and Panther login and password), please complete this intent form for enrollment into the School Library Certification Program. https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis-school-media/library-media-certification-application/
I have a bachelor's degree, but not a teacher's license

2A Pathway: Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) + School Library Media Specialist Certification (WI #1902 License)

You can earn both the MLIS degree along with the School Library Media Specialist Certification, even if you have never been a classroom teacher. You will complete all of the program requirements for the MLIS degree at the graduate level, and then reapply to our undergraduate level certificate program to complete the rest of your coursework to obtain the stand alone teaching license in library media.

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/?target=Admission
School Library Media Declaration of Intent
After admission to UWM (once you receive your Student ID and Panther login and password), please complete this intent form for enrollment into the School Library Certification Program. https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis-school-media/library-media-certification-application/

2B Pathway: School Library Media Specialist Certification (WI #1902 License)

You can complete the competencies needed to work as a licensed school librarian in Wisconsin with the School Library Media Specialist Certification, without the MLIS, by completing library and education classes at the undergraduate level.

How to Apply for this option…
Certificate Program Application (undergraduate level)
Apply as an undergraduate Certificate. Please refer to the Application Support section below. Application: https://apply.wisconsin.edu/
School Library Media Declaration of Intent
After admission to UWM (once you receive your Student ID and Panther login and password), please complete this intent form for enrollment into the School Library Certification Program. https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/academics/graduate/mlis-school-media/library-media-certification-application/

 

Things To Know:

SOIS Alumni Updates

Application Support
Students who have completed a BA or BS degree, and want to pursue their #1902 (K-12) School Library Licensure without the MLIS degree, will take courses for undergraduate credit in our School Library Certificate Program. Because the application is for the entire UW-system, please refer to the application support section to help you submit your application.

Application Support

To apply as a student in our School Library Certificate program (no MLIS degree), be sure to follow the steps below:


  1. Make an account at https://apply.wisconsin.edu/


2. Choose your Reason for Applying as: “Undergraduate Degree, Certification, or Certificate” because you will be in the School library Certificate Program through SOIS, taking classes for undergraduate credit.


3. Select that you are Applying As: “Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification” because you already have an undergraduate degree and now you are working towards your #1902 licensure.

4. Hit “Select Program”


5. Select “School Librarianship [SOIS]* Certificate” (you will find it under Communications & Letters)


6. Select “None” in the drop down menu for Undergrad Degree Sought since our program will result in the #1902 school library licensure, but no university degree.


7. Continue to submit the rest of the application. Please contact Susan Hersh: shersh@uwm.edu with any additional questions.

 

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 the Certificate (undergraduate level) 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)


I Currently Hold A Wisconsin Classroom Teacher’s License.

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

1A Pathway Curriculum

If you currently hold a Wisconsin Classroom Teacher’s License, you can earn both the MLIS degree along with the School Library Media Specialist Certification.

  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.
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS
INFOST 501 Foundations of Lib & Info Science
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 511 Organization of Information
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 571 Information Access and Retrieval
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 799 Research in LIS
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 520 Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 611 Cataloging and Classification for School Libraries 1
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 Fieldwork in School Libraries (100-150 hours) 2-3
INFOST 640 Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 670 Production & Utilization of Instructional Technologies 3
INFOST 647 Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3
Additional Notes: 

  • Students pursuing the MLIS degree must meet all requirements of that degree program. Please review the MLIS Degree Requirements website for complete details.
  • 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.
1B Pathway: School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902)

1B Pathway Curriculum

If you currently hold a Wisconsin Classroom Teacher’s License, you can enroll as a Certificate (undergraduate level) student to complete the competencies needed to work as a licensed school librarian in Wisconsin.

  1. You will be admitted to the university and enroll in courses as a Certificate (undergraduate level) candidate.
  2. You may enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS
INFOST 520 Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 611 Cataloging and Classification for School Libraries 1
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 Fieldwork in School Libraries (100-150 hours) 2-3
INFOST 640 Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 670 Production & Utilization of Instructional Technologies 3
INFOST 647 Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3
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.

I Have A Bachelor’s Degree, But Do NOT Hold A Wisconsin Classroom Teacher’s License.

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

2A Pathway Curriculum

If you have a Bachelor’s Degree, but do NOT hold a Wisconsin Classroom Teacher’s License, you can earn both the MLIS degree along with the School Library Media Specialist Certification.

  1. You must apply 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 (highlighted in  GREEN below) to obtain the standalone teaching license in library media. These additional course can be taken as a Certificate (undergraduate level) candidate at the undergraduate level.
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS
INFOST 501 Foundations of Lib & Info Science
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 511 Organization of Information
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 571 Information Access and Retrieval
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 799 Research in LIS
(MLIS Core – required for the MLIS degree)
3
INFOST 520 Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 611 Cataloging and Classification for School Libraries 1
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 Fieldwork in School Libraries (100-150 hours) 2-3
INFOST 640 Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 670 Production & Utilization of Instructional Technologies 3
INFOST 647 Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3
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 643 Fieldwork/Pre-student Teaching (U) 1-3
INFOST 644 Fieldwork in School Libraries (100-150 hours) 12
SOE Seminar on ACT 31 – History, Culture and Sovereignty Rights of Wisconsin Indians (1 day, continuing education) n/c
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.
2B Pathway: School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902)

2B Pathway Curriculum

If you have a bachelor’s degree, but no teaching license, you can complete the competencies needed to work as a licensed school librarian in Wisconsin with the School Library Media Certification.

  1. You will be admitted to the university and enroll in courses as a Certificate (undergraduate level) candidate.
  2. You may enroll in courses (with the exception of two 700-level courses) at the undergraduate level.
  3. For this pathway, students will complete the required library science coursework (listed in the table below) as well as the required education coursework (highlighted in  GREEN below) to obtain the standalone teaching license in library media. These courses can be taken as a Certificate (undergraduate level) candidate at the undergraduate level.
COURSE # TITLE CREDITS
INFOST 520 Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 611 Cataloging and Classification for School Libraries 1
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 Fieldwork in School Libraries (100-150 hours) 2-3
INFOST 640 Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 670 Production & Utilization of Instructional Technologies 3
INFOST 647 Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3
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 643 Fieldwork/Pre-student Teaching (U) 1-3
INFOST 644 Fieldwork in School Libraries (100-150 hours) 12
SOE Seminar on ACT 31 – History, Culture and Sovereignty Rights of Wisconsin Indians (1 day, continuing education) n/c
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.

Additional Resources

Resources

 

Fieldwork

Hours & Credits

A supervised fieldwork is required of all candidates for the 1902 license.
Students must complete their fieldwork under the supervision of a School Library Media Specialist who has a 1902 license and three years of experience at the site. Click here for the Required Fieldwork Hours and Credit Chart.

Required Documents

To enroll in fieldwork, please fill out the Covid-19 guidance form and the fieldwork application form. To complete the fieldwork, see the other documentation as well.
Covid-19 Guidance Form: On-Site/Virtual Placement

Guidance for On-Site/Virtual Clinical Placements & Internships During Covid-19

  • Part I: Considerations

    If the answer to any of the below questions is “no,” it is recommended that the student not begin their placement. If the answers are “yes,” SOIS may still decide, in its discretion, not to place a student at a particular site based on the totality of the circumstances.
  • Part II: Student Acknowledgement

    By completing this form, I am agreeing to the following:  
    • • I wish to accept the above-described on-site or virtual placement at a non-UWM site in connection with my UWM course of study.
    •  
    • • I understand there are risks associated with on-site placement during the COVID-19 pandemic and I agree to accept such risks.
    •  
    • • I understand that I may decline the above-mentioned placement and the range of options available to me if I am not comfortable being placed at this time have been explained to me.
    •  
    • • I agree to follow any requirements for clearance at the site (e.g. testing, screenings, etc.), as well as any guidance provided by the site and/or UWM regarding safety precautions when returning home from the site.
    •  
    • • I have had the opportunity to ask any questions I have about the above-described placement and I will contact Susan Hersh (shersh@uwm.edu) with any future questions and/or concerns about my placement.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
For candidates who hold a teacher’s license:
INFOST 644 Fieldwork in School Libraries (Practicum) 2-3 credits. 
Candidates employed on a provisional or emergency 1902 license and currently working as a school librarian meet fieldwork requirements with 2 credits/100 hours, split between elementary and secondary placements.  All other candidates complete 3 credits/150 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 Certificate student) for all others. 
Pertinent
Documents
644 Fielework Experience – Practicum (2-3 credits, UG or G)

For candidates who do not hold a teacher’s license:

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

Pre-Student Teaching

INFOST 643 G/UG

This requirement should be completed near the beginning of your coursework.  These experiences may be 50, 100 or 150 hours (1, 2, or 3 credits) depending on prior experience and need and determined in consultation with the School Library Coordinator.

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

Student Teaching

INFOST 644 Fieldwork in School Libraries (Practicum) 12 credits. 
In the final semester of the program, candidates must complete a full semester of INFOST 644 Fieldwork 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 Fieldwork – Student Teaching (12 credits, UG)

Fieldwork Roles & Responsibilities

Site Supervisor
Site Supervisor
The site supervisor should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Process the district-level paperwork from Julie Walker, if it’s not on file already.
    Julie will only send it out if it’s necessary.
  • Complete a brief training module if it was not completed in the past 5 years.
    Only supervisors who need the training will receive the module.
  • Respond to the COVID-19 precautions form from the School of Education.
    The school of education will contact site supervisors directly if they have not already contacted the district.
  • Spend time observing the UWM Student, allow time for the student to observe the supervisor, and debrief with each other.
    Emails, phone calls, and video chats can count as time spent mentoring.
  • Participate in a triangulated phone call/video chat that includes the UWM student, site supervisor, and UWM supervisor.
    The UWM student will schedule this meeting at the start of the term.
  • Complete an evaluation/grading form that will come from Julie Walker at the start of the term and is also available here.
  • Additionally, for 644 students–practicum and student teaching students, but not pre-student teaching students– please complete an evaluation rubric, available here.
Fieldwork Student
Fieldwork Student
The fieldwork student should fulfill the following requirements, which will be managed through our Canvas site:

  • Provide a schedule of your hours.
  • For 644 students: complete out a pre-fieldwork rubric.
  • Schedule and hold a triangulated meeting with the UWM Supervisor, Site Supervisor, and yourself.
  • Spend time observing your site supervisor, allow time for the site supervisor to observe you, and debrief with each other. Emails, phone calls, and video chats can count as time spent mentoring.
  • Fulfill all journaling requirements as posted in Canvas.
  • Fulfill all hour requirements as required.
  • Complete a post-fieldwork rubric and/or summary narrative–the assignments will be posted in Canvas by course number.
  • Don’t forget to bring a positive attitude and professionalism to all of your interactions.

FAQs

What are the requirements for my fieldwork placement(s)?

Please work under the supervision of a School Library Media Specialist who has a 1902 license and three years of experience in their current role. Find a supervisor who works outside of your current district if you are working in the role. Please see this document for information on hours and grade levels for your placement.

How do I do a fieldwork when I am working full time in the role on a provisional 1902 license?

See the fieldwork chart to see how many hours can be completed in your current role. Hours outside of your role can be completed during August in-service days, fall in-service days, spring break, release time, starting early or staying late. Additionally, you may count 10 hours of professional development time at SLATE in the fall or WEMTA in the spring. Although it seems daunting, everyone is always successful in creating the schedule they need.

What coursework is needed prior to registering for 643 or 644?

Ideally, 644 will take place in your final semester, and if you need 643, you should plan to complete those credits before 644. The 642 class must be taken before or concurrently with your 644 fieldwork. 520, 640, 645 & 646 should be completed before you begin any of your fieldwork experiences.

How should I schedule my fieldwork hours?

Please make a schedule that works well for you and your supervising librarian. If you are taking fieldwork for more than one credit, you may split your hours across more than one semester, when necessary. Full time student teaching, 644 for 12 credits, must be completed in the full semester on the schedule of the school of your placement.

How do I approach someone about a fieldwork?

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 fieldwork 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 fieldwork in a k-12 school?

Yes. You will be contacted be the Office of Fieldwork (School of Ed) with information on completing these 2 requirements. If you are completing a fieldwork 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 Fieldwork?

Before you begin your fieldwork placement, you will do a self-assessment based on selected Wisconsin Standards and Benchmarks (Fieldwork Assessment Rubric). Submit a copy of this report in the Fieldwork 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 fieldwork 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 apply:

  1. Complete all courses and activities required for licensure, as outlined in your individual program plan.
  2. Contact the School Library Media Coordinator shersh@uwm.edu to request to have your individual certification program plan be examined and verified.
  3. Complete the School of Education’s data form
    When completed, this form will be submitted to UWM’s Certification Officer.
  4. Log into your DPI WAMS account to apply for your 1902 license after you have received confirmation that DPI has received your institutional endorsement. Refer to the DPI’s educator licensing online resources section.

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/licensing-renewals-stipulations/. The section for Certificate (undergraduate level), Graduate Level Candidates applies to SOIS 1902 applicants.

UWM's application resources
For out-of-state school librarian licenses

UWM has not yet made a determination of whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in other U.S. States and territories. Once a determination is made this page will be updated. In the meantime, out-of-state students need to contact their state’s licensing office for information about certification. 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