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Which is right for you?

As of fall 2018, there are two routes to school library licensure in Wisconsin:

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. 

Here's an overview of some of the options with more detail below.  Select the category that fits you:

Download and printout the program requirements to track your progress on the program requirements.

This graphic outlines your decision making which is described in detail below the graphic.  

Choices for earning a 1902 license

Undergraduate Students

School Library

You can earn a minor in school librarianship by taking eight courses.

    • LIBMEDIA 350: Finding and Using Information
    • LIBMEDIA 434: Digital Tools
    • LIBMEDIA 441: Organizing Information
    • ELEMMID 362: Children's Literature
    • ENGLISH 310: Young Adult Literature (This is the alternative course for LIBMEDIA 343)
    • LIBMEDIA 440: Information Literacy  (pre-requisite:  methods course)
    • LIBMEDIA 454: Library Administration
    • LIBMEDIA 455:  Librarians as Leaders  (pre-requisite:  LIBMEDIA 454)

To add licensure as a school library media specialist (1902), you must be an education major and need to do two 100 hour practicum experiences which are offered only at the graduate level. These are done after your student teaching and after taking all your library coursework, either before or after you graduate.   You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in your library courses to enter the practicum. 

Public Library

You can earn a minor in library science by taking eight courses.

    • LIBMEDIA 350: Finding and Using Information
    • LIBMEDIA 434: Digital Tools
    • LIBMEDIA 441: Organizing Information
    • ELEMMID 362: Children's Literature
    • ENGLISH 310: Young Adult Literature (This is the alternative course for LIBMEDIA 343)
    • LIBMEDIA 440: Information Literacy 
    • LIBMEDIA 454: Library Administration
    • EDFNDPRC 411:  Library Practicum

To become certified as a public librarian, class 2 or 3, you must do a 150 hour public library practicum (EDFNDPRC 411). This is done at the end of all coursework. School library minors may choose to also add this certification with the additional practicum experience.  This qualifies you to be a library director in a town under 6000 residents.  If you plan to be a director in a larger public library, you will need to go on to earn a graduate degree in library science. 

Post-Baccalaureate Students with a Teaching License

For you there are several options.  The question is "Should I get a master's degree with licensure?"  This is really up to you and your career goals and financial situation. Some people prefer to get the graduate degree to potentially move up on the salary scale in their job. Others may choose just to take the licensure coursework outside of the context of a degree, especially if they already have a graduate degree in another area. 

Licensure Only

Course may be taken at the graduate level (non-candidate for degree) or the undergraduate level (special student full credentials).  The first option is the undergraduate level course and the second the graduate level version.  

Student starting licensure in fall 2017 or later

Course
LIBMEDIA 350:  Finding and Using Information OR LIBMEDIA 756: Virtual Libraries (fall 2017 or later version)
LIBMEDIA 434 / 634:  Digital Tools for Learning
LIBMEDIA 440:  Information Literacy OR LIBMEDIA 752: Design of Curriculum for Inquiry
style="font-size: 10px; margin: 8px; cursor: text;" valign="top" width="302">LIBMEDIA 451 / 651:  Organizing Information
LIBMEDIA 454 / 654:  Library Administration
ELEMMID 362 / 562:  Children's Literature
ENGLISH 310/ 510  OR LIBMEDIA 343/543:  Young Adult Literature
LIBMEDIA 455:  Librarians as Leaders OR 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 High School Practicum 

OR

If the student is eligible for a Wisconsin teaching license in another area and  working in a school as a professional educator  (3 credits) 

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

Students starting licensure only path before fall 2017

Course
LIBMEDIA 350 / 550:  Finding and Using Information 
LIBMEDIA 434 / 634:  Digital Tools for Learning
LIBMEDIA 440 / 640:  Information Literacy 
LIBMEDIA 451 / 651:  Organizing Information
LIBMEDIA 454 / 654:  Library Administration
ELEMMID 362 / 562:  Children's Literature
ENGLISH 310/ 510  OR LIBMEDIA 343/543:  Young Adult Literature
LIBMEDIA 751:  Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs (Pre-requisite:  LIBMEDIA 454/654)
LIBMEDIA 741: Information Technology for Schools and Libraries
LIBMEDIA 756:  Virtual Libraries (Pre-requisite: LIBMEDIA 350/550)
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 

OR 

If the student is eligible for a Wisconsin teaching license in another area and  working in a school as a professional educator  (3 credits) 

  • 793c: Supervised Combined Practicum if the student is employed full time as a professional educator  (3 credits)

NOTE:  Ideally this should be done at the end of all coureswork, but for those starting coursework before Fall 2017, the practicum may be started before completing LIBMEDIA 751, 741 and 756).

Capstone portfolio at end of practicum

MSE-PS

If you want to get a Masters of Science in Education - Professional Studies (MSE-PS) degree, you take the courses to complete the 1902 license plus an additional course on research (EDFOUND 780).  It is important to decide on the degree early as you can't change undergraduate coursework into graduate coursework and the degree requires 30 graduate credits, 15 of which must be at the 700 level.   Once you start the degree, you have seven years to complete it. If you start to take graduate courses but don't apply for the degree and then 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. 

All courses in these lists are required for licensure.  Some people may have had one or more of these courses (e.g., Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature, Digital Tools) in their undergraduate program and should talk with an advisor about possible exemption from taking them again for licensure. Another option is to use the evidence or prior learning portfolio to waive these courses for licensure.  

Students starting MSE-PS (formerly MSE-PD) in fall 2017 or later

1902 License and MSE-PS  (starting fall 2017 or later)
Required Courses Credits
ELEMMID 562 Children's Literature  3
ENGLISH 510  OR LIBMEDIA 543  Young Adult Literature  3
LIBMEDIA 756: Virtual Libraries (new version) 3
LIBMEDIA 634: Digital Tools 3
LIBMEDIA 551: Organizing Information 3
LIBMEDIA 752: Design of Curriculum for Inquiry 3
LIBMEDIA 654: Library Administration 3
LIBMEDIA 751: Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs 3

Two from:

  • LIBMEDIA 793s Practicum--High School Library
  • LIBMEDIA 793m: Practicum -- Middle School Library
  • LIBMEDIA 793e Practicum--Elementary School Library 

OR  

LIBMEDIA 793c Practicum Combined  (Substitute for 793e / 793m/  793s for licensed teachers currently working in a classroom or library) 

NOTE: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in your library courses to enter the practicum. 

3-6
EDFOUND 780: Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Research 3
Capstone portfolio 

Students starting MSE-PS prior to fall 2017

Students who began their library coursework as part of the degree before fall 2017 fall under the old requirements with the exception of the course portfolio. Instead of a course portfolio, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in your library courses to enter the practicum. 

1902  License and MSE-PS degree  (starting prior to fall 2017) 
Required Courses Credits For MSEPD 
ELEMMID 562 Children's Literature  3 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. 
ENGLISH 510  OR LIBMEDIA 543  Young Adult Literature  3
LIBMEDIA 550: Finding and Using Information 3  
LIBMEDIA 634: Digital Tools 3  
LIBMEDIA 551: Organizing Information 3  
LIBMEDIA 640: Information Literacy OR LIBMEDIA 752:  Design of Curriculum for Inquiry 3  
LIBMEDIA 654: Library Administration 3  
Two from:

  • LIBMEDIA 793s Practicum--High School Library
  • LIBMEDIA 793m: Practicum -- Middle School Library
  • LIBMEDIA 793e Practicum--Elementary School Library 

OR  

LIBMEDIA 793c Practicum Combined  (Substitute for 793e / 793m/  793s for licensed teachers currently working in a classroom or library) 

3-6
NOTE: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in your library courses to enter the practicum. 
LIBMEDIA 741: Information Technology for Schools and Libraries 3   
LIBMEDIA 751: Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs 3   
LIBMEDIA 756 Information, Virtual Libraries, and the Internet 3   
 Capstone portfolio
EDFOUND 780: Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Research  3  

Post-Baccalaureate Students without a Teaching License

If you don't have a teaching license, you can take courses on campus for the public library certification, but to become a school librarian, you will need to earn the school library media specialist  license  as part of an 1902 initial teaching license.  Check out the webpage for a description of this process, and talk with an advisor on options for doing this. 

If you want a graduate degree, it is least expensive to take the education courses first at the undergraduate level and then switch to a master's candidate to take the library courses. If you just want to work on the initial license, you can take all your coursework at the undergraduate level.