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Licensure Only

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.

1901 Licensure

To get the 1901 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 number

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

1902 License

The 1902 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 numberCourse title:9 credits for 902 renewable license(15 credits prior to May 2015)
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
  • Graduate non-candidate for degree

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 with full credentials 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:

  • A student with a bachelor's degree but not in a master's degree program.
  • A teacher wanting to complete graduate course work to maintain educational certification requirements.
  • A student enrolled in a graduate degree program at another institution that wants to transfer the UW-Whitewater course work to that program
  • A student who has already received a master's degree from UW-Whitewater and wishes to take additional selected course work.

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.