New State Licensure Requirements
Library Licenses
Technology and AV Licenses
Professional Development Plan
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Emergency Licensure
Details on past and new licensure rules for school library media can be found in a memo by Kate Bugher, School Library Media Consultant, and Steve Sanders, Education Consultant, at the DPI web site.
LIBRARY LICENSES SINCE AUGUST 30, 2004
Instructional Library Media Specialist
PI 34.33 (5m): In order to qualify for an initial instructional library media specialist license, an applicant shall complete a program that incorporates Wisconsin’s model academic standards for library media, including all of the following strands:
1.    Media and technology.
2.    Information and inquiry.
3.    Independent learning.
4.    The learning community.
Library media (902) licensure in Wisconsin is in two stages. Specific guidelines for the license levels can be found at the DPI website.
First stage
PI 34.18 Initial Educator License: For a person completing an initial teacher education program in an area other than school library media services after August 31, 2004 with an add-on approved program with institutional endorsement in library media (formerly 901, now called 902 initial educator level):
•    Complete a performance based initial teacher education program and 902 initial educator level approved program in library media services with institutional endorsement under PI 34 to be issued an Initial Educator License as a teacher and library media specialist (902 initial license).
•    Advancement to the Professional Educator License would require completion of an approved 902 professional educator level in library media services at the masters or equivalent level as part of a Professional Development Plan (PDP) AND accrual of a minimum of 3 years teaching experience.
•    License valid of up to 5 years and non-renewable.
•    Renewal would require completion of either a PDP
PI 34.18 Professional Educator License with Stipulations: For a person who has completed a teacher education program in an area other than school library media services prior to August 31, 2004 and completing an add-on approved 902 initial educator level program with institutional endorsement for an initial library media license after August 31, 2004:
•    Complete a performance based 902 initial educator level program in library media services under PI 34 to be issued a 5 year Professional Educator License with Stipulations upon completion of the 901 program.
•    Advancement to Professional Educator License in library media requires completion of an approved 902 professional educator level program in library media services at the masters or equivalent level AND accrual or a a minimum of 3 years teaching experience.
•    License valid of up to 5 years and non-renewable.
•    Renewal would require completion of either a PDP or 6 semester credits of professional development.
Second Stage
PI 34.18 Professional Educator License: For a person who has held an initial library media specialist license or professional educator license with stipulations for at least 3 years :
•    Complete a master’s degree or equivalent for professional educator in library media services within 5 years of obtaining the initial certification and accrue a mininimum of 3 years teaching experience
•    Must be renewed every 5 years.
•    For those completing the first stage of licensure before August 31, 2004
◦    Renew professional level 902 license by completion of a Professional develop Plan (PDP)
•    For anyone who has completed the first stage of licensure after August 31, 2004, the following requirements will be in effect.
◦    Current 902-licensed library media specialists: Renew professional level 902 license by either completion of a Professional Development Plan (PDP) or 6 semester credits or professional development.
◦    Current 901-licensed library media specialists (received For a licensed teacher with a 901 library media license that expires after August 31, 2004
- Complete a performance-based 902 professional education level approved program in library media services with institutional endorsement under PI 34
- Be issued a 5 year Professional Educator License in Library Media upon completion of the 902 professional educator program.
- Renewal of the Professional Educator License would require completion of a Professional Development Plan (PDP) or 6 semester credits related to the 10 standards or area of licensure.
Instructional Library Media Supervisor License (91)
PI 34.32 (9): An instructional library media supervisor license is required for any person who is responsible for supervising and evaluating professional staff in addition to directing the district library media program.
Requirements: A license may be issued to an applicant who has:
•    Three years of successful school library media experience
•    Completed an approved program for instructional library media supervisorwith institutional endorsement
Specific guidelines for the supervisor license can be found at the DPI website.
Email licensing questions using the DPI online form:
On line form can be found here. 
Phone numbers:
•    Educational Licensing: 608-266-1027
•    Licensing Voice System: 800-266-1027
Commonly asked questions on the current licensure requirements can be found at the DPI website. These will apply to anyone receiving licensure by June 30, 2004.
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EMERGENCY LICENSURE
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issues emergency licenses for districts when a licensed candidate is not available or when extenuating circumstances justify it. These can be granted for someone holding a teaching certification and working outside their certification area or for someone with a bachelor’s degree and no teaching certification. For instance, if you had worked in a New Orleans maritime attorneys law office as a paraprofessional with a bachelor’s degree or higher in their law library, you would be considered a possible candidate for an emergency license in a needy Wisconsin district. According to information reported by districts to the DPI in the 2002 Supply and Demand Study the following emergency licenses were granted in library media in 2001-2002 and in 2003 Supply and Demand Study, the following emergency licenses were granted in library media in 2002-2003. This does not necessarily indicate full time positions.

Teaching-out-of area 1-year special licenses Bachelors degree but no certification 1-year permit
New Renewal Total New Renewal Total
2001-2002 40 43 83 1 8 9
2002-2003 28 45 73 3 8 11

Over the past decade, the number of emergency licenses has increased overall:

92-93 93-94 94-95 95-96 96-97 97-98 98-99 99-00 00-01 02-03 03-04
32 26 24 28 39 52 54 64 90 92 84

Emergency licensure is requested and must be approved by DPI initially by the district, not the individual. To renew an emergency license, an individual must take 6 credits each year toward the required license. Further information on emergency licensure is available at the DPI website.

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