Many of the students in the UWSSLEC classes are either a practicing teacher or a library media specialist on an emergency license. The license is a K-12 license. The practicum experiences for this program provide valuable experiences at the elementary and at the secondary level. They also allow you to complete the experience with minimal disruption in work schedule and to relate the experience directly back to your own workplace. You will work with the faculty member at your home institution to fulfill requirements and meet the goals of the practicum:
Two hundred hours are required in the combined practicum experiences for the Initial license. Each campus has its own practicum and portfolio requirements, so it is important to check with your campus for specifics. Most people divide their hours evenly across the elementary and secondary levels, although exceptions can be made with the approval of the student's advisor. Elementary level refers to work in an elementary or middle school. Secondary level indicates middle school or high school level. You may do only one of these experiences at the middle school level.
UWSSLEC recommends you do both practicum experiences outside your home district to get the widest possible experience. It also recognizes this may not be possible in some cases. You are allowed to do one experience in your home district, but this experience may not be in the school where you currently work, or where you have children attending school. The second experience must be in another district. Each practicum site must be approved by the university supervisor before finalizing them as each must have a 902-licensed library media specialist who has been there for at least a year and should represent best practices in the field.
All practicum experiences are arranged through the your home institution. To set up an experience, contact the designated person at your home campus in the required time frame. They will suggest sites and explain requirements to the supervising library media specialist at the site. It is your responsibility to:
|Website||Contact||Contact Information|| Application
| One semester
|Karen Gibson|| email@example.com
|Allison Kaplan|| firstname.lastname@example.org
| UW-Eau Claire
|Janet Amann (through fall 2016)|| email@example.com
We will work with you to create the best experiences possible. It is good to begin a discussion of this requirement with your school administrator at the beginning of the licensure program. Generally, you need to begin planning for the practicum a year before you want to go into the schools. Working professionals find it difficult to develop two realistic practicum experiences. Some students have requested and received some time out of the school to do the practicum. Options depend on your home campus, but here are some that have worked:
Remember: Portfolios are required for initial licensure, so collect your work as you go. Requirements vary by campus: