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As of fall 2018, there are two routes to school library licensure in Wisconsin:

As you plan your course of action, your personal situation will determine which option for earning the 1902 license is best for you.  

Students who began their licensure program before fall 2017 will complete licensure under the old program requirements.  Contact the program coordinator for specific questions on required coursework.  Letters detailing the transition for these students were sent out in summer 2018.

To become a public librarian, your path should be influenced by the type of public library you want to work in.  See the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction site on Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification for more information. 


As an undergraduate you need to decide if you are interested in school libraries or public libraries and then select the appropriate minor.  The school library minor is available to those working on a teaching license.

Those with a Bachelor's Degree

If you have a bachelor's degree, you can choose to work on a master's degree or just take courses for licensure. If you have a teaching license in another area, you can earn the 1902 license with a series of library courses plus a practicum.  If you do not have a teaching license, you can earn an initial 1902 license through a series of education courses, library courses, a field experience and student teaching.