College of Education & Professional Studies

Library Media

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Initial Teaching License Portfolio

For students working toward their initial teaching license, each will create a portfolio demonstrating achievement of the ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards. This will be assessed after

  • Foundations block,
  • the methods block (before student teaching) and
  • student teaching or practicum.

Each student will select artifacts and reflect on their achievement of the core knowledge, skills and dispositions. The first two portfolios will be assessed by teacher education faculty. 

Library Content Knowledge Assessment

Library media content knowledge will be assessed through a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all library coursework before student teaching or practicum.  This will replace the course portfolio that was required before fall 2018 to begin practicum.

1902 Capstone Portfolio

Students seeking 1902 licensure either as an initial or add-on license will be required to create a library media capstone portfolio at the end of the practicum or student. This will focus on the library media program competencies and can include artifacts from courses, student teaching or practicum, or from professional practice.

Capstone portfolios will be evaluated once a semester, within one month after the end of the semester.  By the end of the second practicum experience or student teaching, the student will submit a capstone portfolio to the library media faculty demonstrating the following to be granted a 1902 license. The practicum portfolio should be arranged in five categories of projects with additional sections.

  • Practicum agreement (for elementary, middle school and high school practicum, for combined practicum, for public library practicum)
  • Time log
  • Reflection on meeting the practicum goals and addressing identified weaknesses
  • Philosophy statement that answers these questions:
    • How do you see yourself as a library information specialist benefiting students and teachers?
    • How have you demonstrated forward thinking in your work with children and colleagues?
    • How you have helped facilitate curiosity and learning beyond the curriculum?
    • Out of what you have learned in this program, what new things have you done for individual children in your classroom, outside your classroom or in your library?
  • Cooperating library media specialist evaluation
  • University supervisor evaluation of cooperating LMS evaluation, log, self-reflection, and accomplishment of goals
  • For those seeking initial 1902 license: passing score on school library edTPA

Organization and related courses

The portfolio should be arranged by these categories and should include both practicum projects and artifacts from library coursework to demonstrate the 1902 competencies.

  • Collection Development, Organization and Access
    • Finding and Using Information  / Virtual Libraries
    • Organizing Information 
  • Information Literacy and Teaching
    • Information Literacy / Design of Curriculum for Inquiry
  • Technology
    •  Digital Tools
  • Literature and Reading
    • Children's Literature
    • Young Adult Literature
  • Administration 
    • Library Administration
    • Librarians as Leaders


The library media faculty will evaluate the capstone portfolio:

  • All projects in the portfolio must be rated at proficient level or higher with none at the basic, minimal or undocumented level by the university supervisor.
  • Artifacts proficient performance of all program competencies
  • Achieve a grade of S on both practicum experiences.