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Graduate Degree

You may choose to earn the 1902 license as part of a Master of Science in Education - Professional Studies with an emphasis in Information, Technology, and Libraries (MSE-PS). For guidance on which degree option may be the best for you, see the link to "Which is for you?"

Those who began the MSE-PS (formerly called the MSE-PD) before fall 2018 should contact an advisor about required courses.  Their requirements align with those of the degree before fall 2018.

At any point in taking courses, you can switch from undergraduate to graduate level and begin work on a degree, but you will need 30 graduate credits, 15 of which are 700-level courses to earn the degree. If you start to take graduate courses as a non-candidate-for-degree student and decide you 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. Once you start the degree, you have seven years to complete it.  Download and print the MSE-PS program requirements to track your progress.  

This degree is focused on school librarianship and is NOT accredited by the American Library Association. If you want to work in an academic or large public library, you need to get your master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution such as UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee.  

Required Courses  (starting fall 2018)
EDFOUND 780:  Reading, Analyzing and Evaluating Educational Research
LIBMEDIA 756: Virtual Libraries
LIBMEDIA 634:  Digital Tools for Learning
LIBMEDIA 752: Design of Curriculum for Inquiry
LIBMEDIA 651:  Organizing Information
LIBMEDIA 654:  Library Administration
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. It is also possible to waive them through an evidence-of-prior-learning portfolio Talk with an advisor about the best option for you.  All courses in this list are required for licensure, but only 30 credits, 15 of them at the 700 level are required for the graduate degree.
ENGLISH 510  OR LIBMEDIA 543:  Young Adult Literature
LIBMEDIA 751:  Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs Pre-requisite:  Library Administration
GPA in library courses before practicum (must be 3.0 or higher for content courses)

If student is eligible for a Wisconsin teaching license in another area and not working in a school as a professional educator  (6 credits)

  • Two of these three: 
    • LIBMEDIA 793e: Supervised Elementary Practicum
    • LIBMEDIA 793m: Supervised Middle School Practicum
    • LIBMEDIA 793s: Supervised Secondary Practicum - high school 


  • LIBMEDIA 793c: Supervised Combined Practicum if the student is employed full time as a professional educator  (3 credits)
Capstone portfolio at end of practicum and all coursework