See below for the requirements for earning an 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 520 Managing Library Collections 3
INFOST 611 Cataloging for Small Libraries 1
INFOST 640 Information Literacy Instruction 3
INFOST 642 School Library Media Programs & Resources 3
INFOST 645 Library Materials for Children 3
INFOST 646 Library Materials for Young Adults 3
INFOST 647 Library Services for Children & Young Adults 3
INFOST 670 Instructional Technologies 3
Notes: Equivalent coursework and/or professional experience may allow you to waive a class for certification.
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 643 U/G Pre-student Teaching Experience in School Libraries 2
INFOST 543 Student Teaching 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.
Total Credits: 44

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. If you apply after March 1 for summer/fall, or apply after November 1 for spring, please email Angie Sadowsky at so she can assist in processing your paperwork.

To join the School Library Media Certification program, without the MLIS degree, complete the following steps:

I. Apply to the School of Information Studies at UWM

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

This portal is for the entire UW System so please refer to the application support slides for guidance in navigating through the application.

Application Support

Undergraduate Application Deadlines:
March 1 – Summer session
December 1 – Spring session
August 1 – Fall session

If you are applying past the session deadlines, please contact Angie Sadowsky:

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

2. After beginning the application, choose degree when asked if you are applying for a degree or a few courses.

3. After answering the next questions, choose bachelor’s degree when asked. Even though you will not earn another bachelor’s degree, this allows you to choose the proper certificate program

4.You should receive a screen that identifies you as a transfer/2nd degree applicant. This is correct. Continue the application.

5. After choosing UWM as the campus, click “certificate search.

6. Scroll down for “school librarianship.

7. Continue to complete and submit the rest of the application. Please contact Angie Sadowsky: with any questions on the application process.

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

A. School Library Media Declaration of Intent

To officially declare the SLM program complete the intent 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 whenever possible.

The requirements for number of hours depend on your current role in a library. Credits for 643 U/G can be split across semesters. Ideally, fieldwork will take place near the end of your program. See the chart below.

Required Course Hired as a school librarian Not hired as a school librarian
643 U/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.