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Library Media Specialist License (UW System School Library Education Consortium)

Math, Computer and Information Sciences

The University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium (UWSSLEC), a long-standing collaboration among University of Wisconsin campuses at Whitewater, Eau Claire, Madison, Oshkosh and Superior. is a unique collaborative program offering hybrid online courses to prepare school library information specialists.

Becoming a school library media specialist in Wisconsin is a two-stage process. The UWSSLEC distance education program can prepare you for one or both stages of the license through a series of initial level courses and practicum experiences and then a series of professional level courses all taught in a hybrid format of web-based work combined with one or two weekend meetings. To become a licensed library media specialist in Wisconsin, one must also be eligible for a teaching license in another area. In addition to the courses for licensure, program participants may choose to work on a graduate degree at any of the five campuses with additional coursework.

Total credits required for completion: 24

Admission Requirements

902 Initial Requirements:

  • Hold or be eligible for a teaching license in an area other than school library media services
  • 21 credits of coursework plus supervised practicum experiences (3 to 6 credits)
  • Courses can be taken as an undergraduate minor on the UW Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Superior, or Whitewater campuses, as a special student on campus, or at the graduate level on campus or in the UWSSLEC distance program.
  • See individual campuses for GPA and portfolio requirements for licensure

To qualify for a 902 Instructional Library Media Specialist license at the Professional level, an applicant must:

  • have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years
  • complete a master's degree or the equivalent in an approved program

For more information on the coursework, admission requirements, and application to the program, please visit the program website.

Certificate-Granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire University of Wisconsin Stout University of Wisconsin Superior University of Wisconsin Whitewater University of Wisconsin Madison

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