Library Media Specialist

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Library Media Specialist

Library Media Specialist Licensure

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certifies Library Media Specialists at two levels — 902 initial and 902 professional.

Candidates must hold or be eligible for a teaching license in an area other than school library media services to be eligible for the Initial Instructional Library Media Specialist (902 Initial) license. Graduate students may take these courses as special students, or as the emphasis area for the Masters degree in Educational Leadership. Alternative licensure avenues are available to students as described in the following Advising letter.   

To qualify for a Professional Instructional Library Media Specialist (902 Professional, was 902) license, an applicant must have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years and complete a master's degree or the equivalent in an approved program. Many people complete the MS-Educational Leadership program here at UW Oshkosh. 

Additionally, our campus offers licensure for the Library Media Supervisor. An applicant must hold the 902 Professional License with an accompanying master's degree and complete additional coursework. Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for information on this license.

Program Completion

Graduate students will complete their library coursework through the UWSSLEC (University of Wisconsin System - School Library Education Consortium) program. The contact person for this program is Carrie Lencho ( at 1-800-621-5376. Dr. Karen Gibson serves as our local program liaison ( and is also the Educational Leadership program coordinator. Program details 

Visit the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies for more information. 

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