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Which is right for you?

School library licensure in Wisconsin requires the 902 license and a teaching license in another area.  You can earn this in two stages:

  • 902 with stipulations
  • 902 (remove the stipulations by taking adding courses)

To become a public librarian, your path will 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.
Here's an overview of some of the options with more detail below.

Which option is best for you?Select the category that fits you:

Download and printout the program requirements to track your progress on the program requirements.

Download and print the program requirements to track your progress on the option you choose.

Undergraduate Students

You can earn a minor in either school librarianship or public librarianship by taking seven courses.

    • LIBMEDIA 350: Finding and Using Information
    • LIBMEDIA 434: Digital Tools
    • LIBMEDIA 441: Organizing Information
    • LIBMEDIA 440: Information Literacy
    • LIBMEDIA 454: Library Administration
    • ELEMMID 362: Children's Literature
    • ENGLISH 310: Young Adult Literature (This is the alternative course for LIBMEDIA 343)

To add licensure as a school library media specialist at the 902 with stipulations level, you must be an education major and need to do two 100 hour practicum experiences which are offered only at the graduate level. These are done after your student teaching and after taking all your library coursework, either before or after you graduate.

To become certified as a public librarian, class 2 or 3, you must do a 150 hour public library practicum. This is done at the end of all coursework. School library minors may choose to also add this certification with the additional practicum experience.  This qualifies you to be a library director in a town under 6000 residents.  If you plan to be a director in a larger public library, you will need to go on to earn a graduate degree in library science. 

Students with a Teaching License

For you there are several options.  The first question is "Should I get a master's degree with licensure?"

This question is really up to you and your career goals and financial situation. Some people prefer to get the graduate degree immediately to potentially move up on the salary scale in their job, others prefer to wait, knowing the final 902 level courses have to be at the graduate level anyway. Others may choose just to take the licensure coursework outside of the context of a degree.  The UWSSLEC program offers the courses only at the graduate level.

If you want to get a Masters of Science in Education - Professional Developemtn (MSE-PD) degree, there are two ways to do it -- along with the 902 with stipulations license or as you take the courses to complete the 902 license. At any point, you can switch from undergraduate to graduate level and begin work on a degree. Once you start the degree, you have seven years to complete it. If you start to take graduate courses and want to get the degree, apply to the Graduate Office immediately as you can only transfer in nine graduate credits before acceptance into the master's program.

Option 1: Earn the Master's Degree with the 902 with stipulations license

It is possible to simultaneously get the MSE-PD and the 902 with stipulations license. The 902 license is then earned with the master's degree.

Red (*) for 902 with stipulations license
Blue (x) for degree (Note that 2 additional courses are required for licensure outside of the degree.) 
Green (**) for 902 licensure

To earn the 902 Professional with Stipulations as part of a master's degree or 902 Initial level if one doesn't already hold a professional level teaching license:

902 with Stipulations License

Required Courses

For 902 with Stipulations License

For MS C&I
ELEMMID 562 Children's Literature  * (The two literature courses can be taken at the undergraduate level if only working on licensure or at the graduate level if part of the degree. Some people may have had one or more of these courses in their undergraduate program and should talk with an advisor about possible exemption from taking them again for licensure. Talk with an advisor about the best option for you.  All courses in this list are required for licensure, but only 6 are required in the degree itself.)
ENGLISH 510  Adolescent Literature  *
LIBMEDIA 550: Finding and Using Information * x
LIBMEDIA 634: Digital Tools * x
LIBMEDIA 551: Organizing Information * x
LIBMEDIA 640: Information Literacy * x
LIBMEDIA 654: Library Administration * x
LIBMEDIA 793s Practicum--Secondary School Library AND * x
LIBMEDIA 793e Practicum--Elementary School Library  OR * x
LIBMEDIA 793c Practicum - LIBMEDIA 793c can be a substitute for 793e and 793s for licensed teachers currently working in a classroom or library.

Professional Core Courses for MSE-PD

EDFOUND / CIGENRL 723: Issues, Perspectives, and Directions in American Education   x
EDFOUND 780: Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Resesarch   x
EDUINDP 724: Planning for Change: Seminar in Research, Practice and Voice (2 credits)   x
EDUINDP 726: Capstone Advising 1: Project Planning and Review of Literature (1 credit)   x
EDUINDP 727: Capstone Advising 2: Data Collection and Analysis (1 credit)   x
EDUINDP 789 Capstone Project Seminar (LAST CLASS IN DEGREE)   x

902 Professional License

Courses taken after the MSC&I degree is earned

Required for 902 License

  

LIBMEDIA 641: Information Technology for Schools and Libraries **  
LIBMEDIA 751: Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs **  
LIBMEDIA 756 Information, Virtual Libraries, And The Internet **  
LIBMEDIA 754 Advanced Design And Production  OR
LIBMEDIA 755 Hypermedia In School Library Media And Technology Programs 
**  
LIBMEDIA 752 Design of Curriculum for Inquiry OR 
LIBMEDIA 638 Teaching and Learning via Video or Across Distances
**  

Option 2: Earn the 902 with Stipulations Licensure at the Undergraduate Level and the 902 License with a Master's Degree

The 902 professional license can either be done as part of a master's degree, after the degree, or not in the context of a degree at all. These courses must be done at the graduate level.

It is possible to get the MSE-PD and the 902 license at the same time, starting on the license with the practicum course(s) from the 902 with stipulations license. Up to this point, the 902  with Stipulations courses could be taken at the undergrad level on campus.

Red (*) for 902 Professional with Stipulations license (or 902 Initial if one doesn't hold another professional teaching license) 
Blue (x) for degree 
Green (**) for 902 Professional licensure

902 License

Required Courses

For 902 with Stipulations License

For MSC&I

LIBMEDIA 793s Practicum--Secondary School Library AND * (required for the 902 with stipulations license) x
LIBMEDIA 793 Practicum--Elementary School Library OR * (required for the 902 with stipulations license) x
LIBMEDIA 793c Practicum - LIBMEDIA 793c can be a substitute for licensed teachers currently working in a classroom or library
 

For 902 License

LIBMEDIA 641: Information Technology in Schools and Libraries ** x
LIBMEDIA 751: Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs ** x
LIBMEDIA 756: Information, Virtual Libraries, And The Internet ** x
LIBMEDIA 754 Advanced Design And Production
OR

LIBMEDIA 755 Hypermedia In School Library Media And Technology Programs 
** x
LIBMEDIA 752 Design  of Curriculum for Inquiry
OR
LIBMEDIA 638 Teaching and Learning via Video or Across Distances OR 
** x

Professional Core Courses for MSC&I

EDFOUND / CIGENRL 723: Issues, Perspectives, and Directions in American Education   x
EDFOUND 780: Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Resesarch   x
EDUINDP 724: Planning for Change: Seminar in Research, Practice and Voice (2 credits)   x
EDUINDP 726: Capstone Advising 1: Project Planning and Review of Literature (1 credit)   x
EDUINDP 727: Capstone Advising 2: Data Collection and Analysis (1 credit)   x
EDUINDP 789 Capstone Project Seminar (LAST CLASS IN DEGREE)   x


Option 3: Earn First License at the Undergraduate Level and the Professional License as a Non-Candidate for Degree

Both licenses can be earned outside of a degree structure. The 902 with stipulation licensure courses can be taken at the undergraduate level up to the practicum. The additional 902 licensure courses must be taken at the graduate level.

Students without a Teaching License

If you don't have a teaching license, you can take courses on campus for the public library certification, but to become a school librarian, you will need to get a teaching license.  Talk with an advisor on options for doing this.  Once you have a teaching license, you can continue with the 902 with stipulations courses and the additional 902 licensure courses.