Practicum / Student Teaching

Prior to the student teaching or practicum placement of library media candidates, students are required to have a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in all the library coursework.


At the end of the coursework for the 1902 license, each student adding this license to an existing teaching license will do two practicum experiences in two different school libraries.  The goals of these experiences are:

  • Use the new skills and knowledge you have acquired in the coursework;
  • Further develop knowledge and skills in those areas where you have weaknesses;
  • Examine a real-world school library media program and reflect on the experience, tying it back to your own situation if you are already in a school;
  • Develop a relationship with two practitioners; and
  • Further develop your own philosophy of school librarianship.

As many of the students in classes are practicing teachers or library media specialists on emergency licenses, the practicum experiences for this program are set up to provide valuable experiences in two different school libraries, at the elementary, middle or high school levels while allowing the student to relate the experience directly back to his or her own workplace and complete the experience with the minimum amount of disruption in one's work schedule. The levels will be based on the student's prior field experiences or professional experience so that all three levels are covered. Students may choose to do their two experiences in the appropriate format described under Practicum  / Student Teaching Requirements or fulfill the requirements of a standard practicum. To work in a small public library, those seeking Grade 2 certification in Wisconsin do a 3-credit, 150 hour practicum in a public library. Detailed instructions on setting up a practicum, registering for the course, completing the practicum agreement, taking the online practicum course, and developing the practicum portfolio are on the Practicum  / Student Teaching Requirements  webpage.  

Student Teaching

Those working on a 1902 initial license will do a semester of student teaching at the end of all coursework.  This student teaching experience is a full-time placement for 18-weeks with two parts.  As all students should demonstrate proficiency at all three levels, the student teaching placement should be two half semesters at two different levels and the methods clinical experience at the third level.    Students will take the library media edTPA as part of the student teaching course and develop a capstone portfolio that will include cooperating librarian evaluations, university supervisor evaluation, the checklist, evidence of and reflections on required practicum projects, artifacts demonstrating content competencies from coursework, and a final philosophy statement.  See details under Practicum / Student Teaching Requirements for more detail on the capstone portfolio.