School Library Licensure

The UW-Whitewater library media program offers the 1902 licensure program for school library media specialists in Wisconsin.  This license that is granted upon of the eight courses plus the practicum in UW Whitewater's approved program for those who already hold a teaching license or by completing the education coursework, field experience, library coursework and student teaching in UW Whitewater's initial 1902 program as of fall 2018 for those without another teaching license.

The former 1901 license will no longer be awarded as of fall 2018. Those currently holding this license have years from the time it was awarded to complete the 1902 requirements.   Students who began the program before fall 2017 fall under the prior licensure requirements.  They should wait until completing all coursework before applying for the 1902 license. 

The 1902 license now can be obtained through

  • an undergraduate school library minor along with a major in another teaching area,
  • initial licensure for those with a bachelor's degree but no existing teaching license,
  • licensure only at either the graduate or undergraduate level for those with an existing teaching license, or
  • a Master's of Science in Education in Professional Studies.

Download the appropriate program requirements to track your progress on the program requirements.

Administrative licenses related to library and information technology but no longer awarded in Wisconsin:

  • 903 Instructional Technology Coordinator:  This was an av coordinator license.
  • 91 Instructional Library Media Supervisor: This was an administrator license that required some additional administration courses beyond the 902 Professional license.
  • 92 Instructional Technology Coordinator: This was an administrator license that required some additional administration courses, several additional technology courses, as well as many of the same courses as the 1902 professional license.   

Public Library Certification

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. The minor in library science prepares students for Grade 2 or 3 certification in Wisconsin. This is for library directors in communities up to 5,999 people. It requires a bachelor's degree and the following courses:

  • Adolescent Literature
  • Children's Literature
  • Finding and Using Information
  • Information Literacy
  • Digital Tools for Learning
  • Organizing Information
  • Library Administration
  • Public Library Administration Practicum

Download the Public library undergraduate minor program requirements to track your progress.

To be a library administrator in a larger public library, Wisconsin requires a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. For more information on certification in Wisconsin, see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification page.