Students wishing to focus
on school library media certification during their MLIS program should, after discussing their intention with the school library media program coordinator:
- Apply to the UWM Graduate School
- Apply to the SOIS Graduate Program
- Apply to the certification program
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a complete program to attain certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a school library media specialist. In the state of Wisconsin, this program requires that the student has, or is eligible for, a classroom teaching license in another field before application for the Initial Library Media License (902) can be made. The MLIS degree is required when the candidate applies for the second level of the certification, the Professional 902 License, no later than 5 years after the Initial license begins.
In addition to the coursework specified under requirements, all certification candidates will be required to maintain an ePortfolio which demonstrates their proficiency in the Content Standards for Initial Licensure (SOIS ePortfolio Guidelines). These standards are listed at the DPI webpage and are available from the school library media program coordinator. General ePortfolio information may also be found through the UWM School of Education. You can also use a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an ePortfolio using LiveText.
Students who currently hold a 901 license and are completing coursework for the 902 will be asked to prepare a modified portfolio as they complete their required courses.
More information about application to the certification program may be obtained from the School Library Media Coordinator, Mary Wepking, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Beginning in the fall of 2011, UWM is migrating away from the LiveText system and adopting the D2L platform for the creation of ePortfolios. More information on these new procedures is available from the Coordinator and will be available on this site soon.