This pathway is designed for students who are already certified teachers and who only want to earn the additional licensure in school librarianship. This is a Post-Baccalaureate certificate.

Below is an overview of the curriculum requirements for certified teachers who want to earn School Library Media Certification without the MLIS degree. An individual program plan will be developed for each student based on previous coursework, professional licenses, and credentials. In Wisconsin, additional licensure works with Tier II or higher licenses, not ABCTE, sub-licenses, or licenses with stipulations.

School Library Media Requirements

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
INFOST 520Managing Library Collections3
INFOST 637Library Services for Young Children1
INFOST 638Library Services for School-Aged Children1
INFOST 639Library Services for Teens1
INFOST 640Information Literacy Instruction3
INFOST 642School Library Media Programs & Resources3
INFOST 645Library Materials for Children3
INFOST 646Library Materials for Young Adults3
INFOST 647Now covered in INFOST 637, INFOST 638, INFOST 639
INFOST 670Instructional Technologies3
INFOST 611 or ALA WorkshopCataloging for School Libraries or ALA Workshop1 Credit or No Credit
Notes: Equivalent coursework and/or professional experience may allow you to waive a class for certification, not considered to be transfer credits.

School Library Fieldwork

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
INFOST 644Clinical Experience in School Libraries2
Notes: See the fieldwork tab for further information. Some students may need to take 3 credits of fieldwork, and some hours may be completed on the job.

Requirements – Total Credits: 24

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cohort group?

Each student follows an individualized program plan at their own pace. There is no cohort group.

How many classes should I take each term?

Our students take anywhere from 1-3 classes each term. Plan to spend about 10 hours a week on each 3-credit class. Courses in the summer are condensed and require more hours per week.

Where can I learn more about the courses?

See this link for sample course syllabi and visit this link for the current class schedule. Classes are listed under INFOST.
Courses are offered online, asynchronously through Canvas and most of them are offered several times a year (fall, spring and/or summer).

Our rolling admissions process and flexible start dates allow you to begin the program in fall, spring, or summer term. The priority enrollment deadlines are March 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.

Certified teachers can join the school library media certification program, without the MLIS degree, by completing the following steps:

  1. Apply to the School of Information Studies at UWM

    If you are applying after December 1 for the spring term or after July 1 for fall term, please email Angie Sadowsky at so she can assist in processing your paperwork.

    Visit the UW System undergraduate application portal at to create an account and submit your application.

    This portal is for the entire UW System. Use the required application instructions document below to ensure that your file is routed directly to our program.

  2. After you are admitted to UWM and have a Student ID number complete the following:

    A. School Librarianship Confirmation Form

    To officially declare the SLM program complete the confirmation form below

    This is also a chance to submit transcripts and documentation of previous education and experience to be reviewed for possible course waivers. An individual plan will be emailed upon official admission to the program.

    B. Criminal Background Check

    Background checks are required for all SLM students. Checks are done through UWM’s School of Education in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools. Notification of the completion of the check will be posted in your PAWS student account; please allow several weeks for this process.

    Email a legible scan (no photos please) of your Criminal Background Check Application (PDF) to the School of Education email: All sections are required, including signature and date – incomplete applications will not be processed. A $13 application fee is required for processing. To pay this fee via credit or debit card, visit

Hours & Credits

Supervised fieldwork is required of ALL candidates for the 1902 license. Students must complete their fieldwork under the mentorship of a School Library Media Specialist who has a WI 1902 license (or equivalent) and three years of experience at the site, when possible.

The requirements for number of hours depend on your current role in a library. These credits can be split across semesters. Ideally, fieldwork will take place in your final semester. Please the chart below.

Required CourseHired as a school librarianHired as a school library aideNot working in a school library
INFOST 644 Clinical Experience in School Libraries2 credits/100 hours

Hours split between:
-50 hours in role
-50 hours at other level
2 credits/100 hours

Hours split between:
-50 hours at current level
-50 hours at other level
3 credits/150 hours

Hours split between:
-50 hours at the K-5 level
-50 hours at the 6-8 level
-50 hours at the 9-12 level

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I complete my fieldwork hours when I am working full-time in a school?

Although it seems daunting, everyone is always successful in creating the schedule they need. Use the fieldwork chart above 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, professional development 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.

What should I expect to do during my fieldwork?

All fieldwork placements involve finding a mentor, goal-setting, observing and reflecting with your mentor, having your mentor and the university supervisor observe your teaching, journaling, and self-reflection. At your placement, avoid being told or shown in favor of rolling up your sleeves and doing the work. Your placements are a great time to get your questions answered, learn practical skills, and discuss important issues.

How is my fieldwork assessed?

Your site mentor will complete a grading form, an assessment rubric, and an observation of your teaching. Your university supervisor will observe your teaching and evaluate the documents you turn in to the class Canvas site—self-assessment rubrics, journal reflections, etc.

Susan Hersh
Senior Lecturer / School Library Media Coordinator
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Angela Sadowsky
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