The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction developed new content guidelines for school librarians and new rules for licensure in 2018. Each campus in the cooperative has developed programs to address these new content guidelines and rules.
Students will no longer apply for the 1901 license and then take three courses to earn the 1902 license. Instead, they will complete all coursework and then apply for the 1902. Students who previously completed the 1901 license and need to complete courses to earn the 1902 license should contact the program director (Sarah Beth Nelson, email@example.com) for advice on how to proceed.
In general, the rule changes are:
Prior to fall 2018, becoming a school library media specialist in Wisconsin was a two-stage process, available to those with an existing teaching license.
The 1901 license qualifies you as a school librarian for five years. You must complete the full, renewable 1902 license during your first five years with the 1901 license.
1901 License Requirements:
This license is done after completing the library practicum and results in a renewable license added to an existing teaching license.
1902 License Requirements:
This license is available through three courses in the UWSSLEC program.
This process is no longer in place. All students now work toward the 1902 license without the intervening step of the 1901 license. However, there may still be some students who earned the 1901 license and need to take courses to complete the 1902. These students should contact the program director (Sarah Beth Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on how to proceed.
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. Names of the award recipients and the titles of their presentations: