See below for the requirements for earning the MLIS degree and initial licensure in school library media. This pathway is for students who are not already certified teachers. An individual program plan will be developed for each student based on previous coursework, professional experience, and other credentials.

Course Number Course Name Credits
INFOST 501G Foundations of Library & Information Science 3
INFOST 511G Organization of Information 3
INFOST 571G Information Access & Retrieval 3
INFOST 799 Research Methods in Information Studies 3
Notes: Coursework must be done at Graduate (G) level; a grade of B or better is required for each course; 799 recommended in final term as culminating experience.
Course Number Course Name Credits
INFOST 520G Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 611G Cataloging for Small Libraries 1
INFOST 640G Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 642G School Library Media Programs & Resources 3
INFOST 645G Library Materials for Children 3
INFOST 646G Library Materials for Young Adults 3
INFOST 647G Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3
INFOST 670G Instructional Technologies 3
Notes: Equivalent coursework and/or professional experience may allow you to waive a class for certification, not considered to be transfer credits towards MLIS.
Course Number Course Name Credits
CURRINS 510 Cooperative Strategies for Pre & Early Adolescents 2
CURRINS 545 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior & Senior HS 3
EDPSYCH 325 Practice of Classroom Assessment 3
EDPSYCH 640 Human Development: Theory & Research 3
EDPSYCH 600 Survey of Exceptional Education 3
WORKSHOP Seminar on ACT 31 – History, Culture & Sovereignty Rights of Wisconsin Indians No Credit
Course Number Course Name Credits
INFOST 643G Pre-student Teaching Experience in School Libraries 2
INFOST 543 Student Teaching Experience in School Libraries 6
Notes: See the fieldwork tab for further information. Some students may need to take 3 credits of pre-student teaching, and most students will complete the full semester of student teaching while on the job.
All students must finish a total of 36 graduate credits for the MLIS degree, or a total of 30 credits if they already hold another graduate degree. Any remaining requirements for the certification may be completed at the undergraduate level.
Total Credits: 56

Course Syllabi

 SOIS Sample Course Syllabi


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.

To join the MLIS degree with the School Library Media certification program complete the following steps:

I. Apply to the School of Information Studies at UWM

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

Visit the UWM Panthera Graduate School Application portal at to create an account and submit your application.

II. 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 at

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.

The requirements for number of hours depend on your current role in a library. Credits for 643G can be split across semesters. Ideally, fieldwork will take place in your final semester(s). See the chart below.

Required Course Hired as a school librarian Not hired as a school librarian
643 G
Student Teaching Practicum
2 credits/100 hours
Hours split between:
-50 hours K-5 not in your current role
-50 hours 6-12 not in your current role
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
Full Semester of Student Teaching
6 credits –full time/full semester
100% in role – Completed for the full semester in the K-12 school where you are currently working
6 credits –full time/full semester
Time split:
-Half semester at the K-5 level
-Half semester at the 6-12 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.