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Many students, especially those already holding a professional teaching license in another area or who already have a master's degree, want to earn a library media license without getting another degree.
To get the 902 with stipulations licensure as a library media specialist, a student must complete an program of seven content courses and two practicum experiences. This may be done at the undergraduate level up to the practicum courses which are at the graduate level. This can save a substantial amount of money if the individual does not want to work on a master's degree. Once taken at the undergraduate level, a course cannot be converted to a graduate level course.
The following courses are required for licensure. The first number is the undergraduate course number and the second one the graduate number. Download and print the program requirements to track your progress on this license.
Course title (21 credits plus two practicum)
|LIBMEDIA 350/550||Finding and Using Information|
|LIBMEDIA 434/634||Digital Tools for Learning|
|LIBMEDIA 451/651||Organizing Information|
|LIBMEDIA 454/654||Library Administration|
|LIBMEDIA 440/640||Information Literacy|
|ELEMMID 362/562||Children's Literature|
|LIBMEDIA 343/543 ORENGLISH 310/510||Adolescent Literature|
|Supervised Practicum (6 credits)
Elementary Practicum AND
Secondary Practicum OR the course below with permission of practicum coordinator (students working on school library minor must take 793e and 793s)
|LIBMEDIA 793c (for practicing teachers not taking 793e and 793s)||Supervised Combined Practicum (3 credits) (For students who have a teaching license at the start of their coursework and are either working as a teacher in a school or as a school librarian on emergency license - replaces 793e and 793s with permission of practicum coordinator)|
|EDFNDPRC 411 (for public library certification only)||Public Library Administration Practicum|
The 902 renewable license involves taking three courses to remove the stipulations as of May 2015. It must be done at the graduate level, but it, too, can be part of a master's degree program or for licensure only. For the Masters of Science in Education Degree in Professional Development with an Emphasis in Information, Technology, and Libraries, additional credits required. The chart below indicates the three courses required for licensure as well as the others that might be taken if this is done in the context of a degree to get a total of 30 credits for the degree. Download and print the program requirements to track your progress on this license.
Course title: 15 credits for 902 license
|LIBMEDIA 756||Information, Virtual Libraries and the Internet|
|LIBMEDIA 751||Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs|
|LIBMEDIA 641||Information Technology in Schools and Libraries|
|The following are not required after May 2015:|
|Advanced Design and Production
|Teaching and Learning via Video and Across Distances
Design of Curriculum for Inquiry
For those already holding a bachelor's degree or higher, there are two options:
Undergraduate Special Student
Students who already hold a bachelor's degree may take licensure courses not as part of a degree at the undergraduate level. One way is to register as a special student at the undergraduate level. Consider the non-candidate for degree option under graduate admissions. These students may enroll for classes at the undergraduate level.
Graduate Noncandidate for Degree
This status is available if you possess a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited institution but do not want to pursue a graduate degree from UW-Whitewater. You are considered a non-candidate-for-degree student if you meet one of the following conditions:
Courses can be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level, but not in the same semester. Any semester where a student takes a graduate course, all courses taken during the same time will be charged at the graduate rate, even if it is not a graduate course.
Students are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits earned as a noncandidate-for-degree into their degree program. If you plan to eventually enroll in a graduate degree program, you may take up to four courses at this status and have them count toward the degree. Use the online application form. There is no $56 fee or transcripts required.