Education Foundations Department
About the Program
The Department of Educational Foundations provides multiple opportunities to prepare for a career as a library and information technology specialist and earn licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The program specializes in preparing school library media specialists. Undergraduates may choose a library media minor and the initial licensure (901).
Graduates may pursue the 901 or move to the professional license (902). The program also offers the Instructional Technology Specialist (903) licensure at the graduate level for an ongoing career ladder. By 2004, there are plans to offer the new Instructional Technology Coordinator license (903). In addition to learning how to develop, manage and promote a strong library program, students will develop technology and information literacy skills and learn how to develop these skills in students. They will work with the most recent technologies and have repeated hands-on, reality-based experiences culminating in two practica in which they work alongside leading professionals in the field.
UW-Whitewater is also part of a consortium of five UW campuses, which offer a distance licensure program for those outside commuting range of a campus. For more information, see http://uww.uwsslec.org.
UW-Whitewater is regionally accredited by the North Central Association. The College of Education is fully accredited by the Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE’s accreditation guidelines for school library media programs originate in the competencies developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association.
Graduates from UW-Whitewater’s library media program are well prepared to help K- 12 students locate, retrieve, evaluate and use information, collaborate with teachers in curricula, provide in-service programs for faculty and to lead the development of school programs. Most are hired immediately in school library media positions, in some cases before completing full 901 licensure. Many accept teaching positions because they have strengths in collaboration, technology integration, information literacy and interpersonal relations. The same strengths make this an attractive option for teachers seeking a master’s degree or a mid-career change. Some students proceed to positions in business. Those pursuing a career in major public, academic or special libraries usually go on to graduate work at major library schools. Students in the library media field will develop technology and information literacy skills and learn how to teach these skills to other students.
Dr. Eileen Schroeder and Dr. Anne Zarinnia teach the majority of the courses. Both have extensive practical experience in school libraries and technology. Faculty in the Languages and Literatures Department and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction teach literature classes, and the program makes a deliberate effort to have leading school library media professionals teach some course work. Faculty members actively contribute to professional associations and publications.
High School Preparation
There is no specific course of study in high school that applies to Library Media. However, preparation should begin with strong performance in high school and in lower division university courses. Candidates entering the program need fluency in written and spoken language, strong self-direction and self-monitoring habits, and excellent interpersonal skills.
Honors and Awards
Faculty consistently receive excellent student evaluations for their teaching, have received college and association awards for service and international awards for research. The Wisconsin Educational Media Association’s Media Specialist of the Year Award for 1997 was granted to a graduate of the program.
As they pursue course work, students in the library media program have repeated opportunities and projects that require contact with schools for field-based investigation. They also have 200 hours of practical experience in elementary and secondary schools in which they work alongside a professional librarian.
School districts actively seek technology proficient information specialists who know curriculum, fit into faculty teams, provide in-service programs for teachers, create inviting, accessible and intellectual environments for students and become leaders of school change. Good school library media professionals are in high demand and recent hiring of those making career changes show a pattern of compensation for years of experience.
Students in the program are encouraged to seek student membership in professional organizations and begin the process of peer association and continuing education that will benefit them professionally and is sought by employers. Graduate students are encouraged to develop projects that will benefit their institution and have the potential for presentation at a professional conference.
Suggested Course of Study
- Adolescent Literature Children’s Literature
- Reference and Bibliography Building
- Library Media Collections
- Instructional Technology
- Developing Library Media Skills
- Classification and Cataloging Library and Media Center Administration
Initial License (901): Same as for the minor, also Elementary Practicum and Secondary Practicum.
Professional (902): Six courses among the following:
- Instructional Design
- Hypermedia Virtual Libraries and the Internet Computer Applications
- Teaching and Learning via Video and Across Distances
- Trends in K-12 Literature and Related Media
- Administering Education Media and Technology Programs
- Advanced Design and Production
Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis in Library and Information Technology):
- 12 core credits
- 12 credits in Library Media and Technology
- 12 credits of electives from those required for licensure.