University of Wisconsin–Madison

School Library Media Program

To qualify for careers in school library media centers, students require preparation in two professional fields: librarianship and education.

  • Students with a current teaching license living in Wisconsin: will complete the MA in Library and Information Studies following a prescribed curriculum. Upon completion they may apply for a Wisconsin Library Media Specialist License.
  • Students with a current teaching license living in another state: the iSchool school library curriculum is designed to meet license requirements in Wisconsin. Students who wish to work in school libraries in other states are responsible for contacting their state’s education agencies to determine requirements. See the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) State-by-State Information page.
  • Students WITHOUT a teaching license: The iSchool is unable to offer the school library pathway for students WITHOUT a prior teaching license. Students who need more information about how to obtain a valid Wisconsin teaching license should contact Kelly Hayek at the UW School of Education Teacher Education Center (TEC).

The MA planning guide for school library media outlines the prescribed curriculum for students with a current teaching license living in Wisconsin. Students should consult with their iSchool advisor on course planning. To demonstrate library content mastery, students must receive at least a B (3.0) on ALL iSchool coursework. After successful completion of the prescribed school library media coursework, students with a teaching license are considered to have met the Wisconsin Library Media Specialist Licensure Program Content standards. Students should contact Mitchell Patton (Student Services in the School of Education) 608-262-5630, or Nicole Wiessinger, the iSchool Associate Director, to begin their license application process.