Education Foundations Department
About the Program
The Library Media program 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 librarians. 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.
Undergraduates may choose a school media minor with the 902 with stipulations license. They may also choose the library science minor which leads to grades 2 & 3 certification as a public librarian in Wisconsin.
Graduate students may pursue the 902 with stipulations license or move to the renewable license (902). Students may also take this coursework for licensure only, not part of a degree program.
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 & Professional Studies is accredited by the Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is aligned to the standards for school library media programs developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association and those of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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 902 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. Myragene Pettit 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. The courses offered through UWSSLEC are taught by faculty from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Superior, UW-Madison & UW-Whitewater.
Suggested Course of Study
- Digital Tools for Learning
- Finding and Using Information
- Adolescent Literature
- Children's Literature
- Organizing Information
- Information Literacy
- Library Administration
902 with Stipulations License: Same as for the minor, plus Elementary Practicum and Secondary Practicum (or Combined Practicum for those working as professionals in schools)
Public Library grade 2 or 3 certification: Minor includes Public Library Administration Practicum
902 License: Five courses among the following:
- Information, Virtual Libraries and the Internet
- Leadership and Administration of Library & Technology Programs
- Information Technology in Schools & Libraries
- Design of Curriculum for Inquiry
- Advanced Design and Production
Master's Degree in Education-Professional Development (Emphasis in Information Technology):
- 12 core credits
- 18 credits in Library Media and Technology from those required for licensure