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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

  • pre-professional block,
  • the methods block (before student teaching) and
  • student teaching.

Each student will select artifacts and reflect on their achievement of the core knowledge, skills and dispositions in the areas of human relations, communication, content, pedagogy and connected and integrated practice. This portfolio will be assessed by teacher education faculty. Students seeking 902 professional with stipulations licensure as an undergraduate minor will be required to create this portfolio in addition to a library media professional portfolio. For those students working on a 902 with stipulations after earning a professional teaching license in another area have achieved an understanding of the principles and methods of teaching, learning theory, and human development in their previous licensure program and will work on only the library media portfolio. The library media portfolio will be assessed by the library media faculty.

Library Media Portfolio: 1901 

Beginning in July 1, 2004 an applicant for an 1901 instructional library media license shall be eligible for a teaching license in an area other than school library media services, complete an approved program for 1901  library media specialist, and obtain the institutional endorsement. To demonstrate proficiency in the following areas and receive institutional endorsement, each applicant will create an library media portfolio with evidence of knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the all areas of the library media specialist licenses. This was formerly the 901 license.

The UWW library media program initiated the student portfolio process for library media courses in the fall 2003 semester and began evaluating portfolios to enter a practicum for the summer 2004 semester.  Artifacts from outside a course may also be used to demonstrate a competency.

Portfolio process

Evaluation Scale

Each portfolio entry will be evaluated on a five point scale:

0: Undocumented (no evidence; undocumented demonstration of competence)
1: Minimal (limited or inconsistent demonstration; inability to meet level of expectation)
2: Basic (somewhat limited demonstration; emerging toward level expected)
3: Proficient (complete demonstration; at level expected)
4: Advanced (complete and outstanding demonstration; exceed level expected)

Levels of expected achievement will be provided at each checkpoint. The portfolio will be evaluated at two stages in a candidate's education to provide feedback for the student as well as collect data for program improvement. Scores of 2 or lower are not acceptable to pass the portfolio.In addition to the portfolio, a grade point average of 3.1 in library media licensure courses is required to enter the practicum.  In fall 2018 this will change to 3.0 in library content courses.

Evaluation Checkpoints

Step 1: Course portfolios after each class

As each of the seven courses in this program covers a discrete set of competencies with only a few carried over more than one course, students will select artifacts and reflect on them at the end of each class. Students will be provided with the competencies at the beginning of each class in the syllabus and receive the rubrics for evaluating most of these as part of each relevant assignment. At the end of each course, they will present the artifacts they have chosen in a portfolio with reflections on their areas of strength and weakness on the course competencies.

At the end of each class, students will
  • Save all course assignments in a folder for course.
  • Create index page for course where they reflect on course competencies met and not met with supporting evidence tied to reflection. This will be used to create the pre-practicum or course portfolio. This can be done in any format from a website created in a web editing program to a Google Site. The portfolio must be done electronically.
The set of competencies addressed in the course should be documented at the end of the course.  Documentation includes a reflection on the competencies supported by evidence from the course. The evidence must document performance at the Proficient level.  Course grades are calibrated to indicate performance level. Any grade under a B for the entire course is not Proficient level performance (3 on the 1 to 4 scale).

Step 2: Pre-practicum  (coursework) portfolio evaluation

Toward the end of coursework and as a requirement for entering the practicum, each student will submit an electronic portfolio with index pages, selected artifacts,  reflections demonstrating level of competency and areas of strength and weakness in each of the program competencies representing all seven courses, and course grades. The portfolio will be organized by groupings of program competencies related to the program courses. Many of these competencies will fit with specific courses, but some competencies will be found in multiple courses  (Course competencies for 902 with stipulations portfolio).

Portfolio Evaluation

Criteria for entering the practicum:

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.1 in library licensure courses
  • Course portfolio competency ratings: All but one course out of the seven have to be rated at Proficient Level (3) or higher on the rating scale with none at the undocumented or minimal level.
  • Approved practicum agreement form based on portfolio review

The portfolio will be evaluated by the faculty before a student is allowed to enter the practicum. If a student has not achieved this level of competency in coursework, it is up to him or her to undertake additional study and projects to demonstrate the required level of proficiency prior to applying to the practicum. This should be done by retaking any courses with low ratings. It is up to the student to discuss this with faculty before submitting the portfolio.  To enter the practicum, a student must demonstrate Proficient performance in all competencies and indication of ability to progress from Proficient to Advanced Performance level. Indication of ability to progress to Advanced performance is reflected by an overall GPA in library courses of 3.1. The portfolio and grades will be reviewed to ensure Proficient performance and to identify areas for growth that will be addressed in the practicum.

Portfolios will be evaluated once a semester. The following timetable indicates when a student must submit a completed portfolio to have it evaluated before entering the first practicum experience. Students will have to schedule and register for a practicum before the portfolio review is completed.  From this portfolio, the students will develop potential goals for the two practicum experiences.

Semester of practicum Deadline for scheduling and registering for practicum Deadline for submitting portfolio practicum review Portfolio review completed
Spring Nov. 15 before the semester of the practicum Nov. 15 before the semester of the practicum Dec. 15 before the semester of the practicum
Summer May 1 April 1 May 15
Fall May 1 April 1 May 15

Step 3: Practicum agreement form

  • Talk with the practicum coordinator before starting the practicum (via phone, email or in person).
    • Present your portfolio to the practicum coordinator. The practicum coordinator will examine your ratings from each course as well as the areas you have identified for further work. These areas will provide the basis for development of your practicum agreement.
    • Go through the Practicum Desire2Learn Course.
    • Complete a practicum agreement form (form for elementary and secondary practicumform for combined practicum):
      • Develop a set of goals and projects for accomplishing them during the experience based on your portfolio review. Describe areas (competencies) that need improvement from the list of course competencies. If none are identified, select those that would benefit you most professionally. Any competencies with less than a Proficient rating must be addressed in the practicum.
        • Use the checklist of potential activities for ideas
        • You should have at least one major goals in each of the five different areas across your two practicum placements as agreed upon with the practicum coordinator. You may have up to three major projects at each site. If you are doing a combined practicum, these projects will most likely be completed in your own district.
        • The cooperating library media specialist should provide feedback on the projects before final approval.
        • The practicum coordinator must approve the form.
        • The form will be sent to the assigned university supervisor.
      • Develop a plan for accomplishing goals along with projected products with the cooperating library media specialist and university supervisor.
      • Discuss the goals and plan with your university supervisor. This should include details on the timeline for the practicum and a description of the format for the final product / report demonstrating achievement of the goals.
    • At the end of each practicum experience, the portfolio should be submitted to the university supervisor for review. The supervisor will review the portfolio in determining whether or not the student passes the practicum.

Step 4: End-of-practicum portfolio review for licensure

By the end of the second practicum experience, the student will submit a portfolio to the library media faculty demonstrating the following to be granted an initial library media license. The practicum portfolio should be arranged in five categories of projects with additional sections.

The library media faculty will evaluate the practicum portfolio in the following areas:

  • 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.
  • Achieve a grade of S on both practicum experiences.

Library Media Portfolio: 1902 

To move from the 1901 license to the 1902 license, an applicant must have

  • held an educator license for at least three years
  • completed a master's degree or the equivalent in an approved program (see UWW's 1902 program)
  • obtain institutional endorsement

To demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions in the 2010 ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Programs of School Librarians competencies, the Wisconsin DPI standards for professional licensure as a library media specialist, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards for Library Media, the applicant will create a portfolio of selected artifacts with reflections  and a professional philosophy statement that will be evaluated by the faculty. This will be evaluated by library media faculty at the end of all coursework and before granting the 902 license.

Course competencies for 902 portfolio:
  • Virtual Libraries
  • Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs
  • Information Technology in Schools and Libraries

    Previous courses that may be included but no longer required:
  • Advanced Design and Production  (merged with Virtual Libraries after summer 2016)
    • OR Hypermedia
  • Design of Curriculum for Inquiry  (merged with Information Literacy after summer 2016)
    • OR Teaching and Learning via Video and Across Distances