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WELCOME to the University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium (UWSSLEC)!

UWSSLEC is a collaboration across the University of Wisconsin campuses at Whitewater, Madison and Oshkosh.  Permanent faculty collaborate to prepare teachers as school library information and technology specialists who take leadership roles in their schools. 

UWSSLEC offers high quality instruction, up-to-date content, peer relationships and reduced commuting. Choose a home base, but work with faculty from each institution and with other teachers from across the state. Each semester, take one hybrid distance course and spend a weekend with professional colleagues at the campus offering the course.

Does UWSSLEC interest you? Check tabs in the menu. See how to apply for admission, choose your campus, determine technology you need, find when courses are offered and learn how to register for courses. Registration, finances, and all records are maintained at your home campus. 

Licensure Changes

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction developed new content guidelines for school librarians and new rules for licensure in 2018.  Each campus in the consortium has develo9ped programs to address these new content guidelines and rules.  

Status on each campus:

  • UW Madison:  DPI proposal (in process
  • UW Oshkosh:  New program started fall 2018
  • UW Whitewater:  New program started fall 2018

Current students will complete their license (1902) under the program in which they started.   They will no longer apply for the 1901 and then take three courses to earn the 1902 license.  Instead, they will complete all coursework and then apply for the 1902.  New students will start under the new rules. 

In general, the rules changes are:

  • Those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher but not a teaching license will be able to get the 1902 license as an initial teaching license.
  • There will no longer be two stages of licensure (1901 and 1902).  The courses for both will be combined into the 1902 license with slight modifications to the courses required.  The practicum will be the last course in the program. 
  • No master’s degree is required.  The majority of the courses can be done at the undergraduate level.

UWSSLEC Anniversary Grants

The UWSSLEC Anniversary Grant, in honor of the University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium's twentieth year of successful education of school library media specialists was awarded to 12 alumni of the program. These proposals demonstrated the values of the program:  innovation, inquiry, technology, collaboration, and student learning.  Check out presentations at recent WEMTA conferences from many of these grant recipients.

  • Brandon Berrey, Somerset High School, Improving Literacy Through Audiobooks
  • Thomas Collins, Almond-Bancroft School District, Library Media Broadcast Studio
  • Jone Davis, Northland Pines School District, Computer Science Enrichment Course
  • Lindsey Dederich, West Salem Middle School, Mobile Makerspace @ WSMS
  • Shannon Furman, Lake View Elementary School, STEM Makerspace at Lake View Elementary Library
  • Stacy Gloede, North High School, Sheboygan Books on Bikes
  • Polly LaMontagne, Prairie River Middle School, Sphero Heroes @ PRMS
  • Mark Lee, Brooklyn Elementary School, Brooklyn Elementary Maker Space
  • Amanda Meloy, Lindbergh Elementary School, Creative Corner: LMC
  • Gail Murphy, Bose Elementary School, STEM Through Maker Spaces in the Bose Library Learning Commons
  • Tamara Schacht, OH Schultz Elementary School, Mishicot Reads!
  • Michelle Schaub, Sun Prairie High School, SPHS Production Studio


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AASL (American Association of School Librarians)
IASL (International Association of School Librarians) 
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 
WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association)  
WLA (Wisconsin Library Association)