Wisconsin Teaching License Requirements
Wisconsin teachers typically obtain a provisional license to begin teaching. Find out more about the requirements needed for a Wisconsin teaching license, such as program, education, and exams.
Information for Wisconsin Teachers
Prospective teachers in Wisconsin must obtain the appropriate license before teaching in a public school. Generally, candidates begin by completing requirements for the provisional license that matches the grade and subject they wish to teach.
|Education Required||Bachelor's degree and approved teacher licensure program|
|Exam Requirements||Praxis Core; Praxis content test; edTPA; Wisconsin Foundations of Reading (elementary, special education, and reading teachers)|
|License Validity Period||Three years|
|Advancement Requirements||Six semesters of work experience to move to lifetime teaching license|
|Average Salary (2018, Wisconsin)*||$26,550 (preschool); $57,340 (kindergarten); $56,770 (elementary school); $59,880 (middle school); $58,360 (high school)|
|Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028, nationwide)*||7% (preschool), 3% (elementary school, middle school), 4% (kindergarten, high school)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Complete Education Requirements
Prospective teachers must possess at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Students typically choose a major related to the area they plan to teach, such as early childhood, elementary education, biology, history, or dance. The exact courses will depend on the specific school and major, but may include child psychology, human development, and foundations of education.
Meet Program Requirements
All prospective teachers must complete a teacher preparation program approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This curriculum is generally completed as part of the bachelor's degree program. The teacher preparation program typically includes a mix of education coursework and fieldwork as a student teacher. The student teaching fieldwork allows students to gain experience as a student teacher in a local school.
Fulfill Exam Requirements
Before entering a teacher preparation program, all prospective teachers must take and pass the Praxis Core exam, which consists of multiple-choice questions divided into three subtests: writing, reading, and mathematics.
Prospective teachers must also pass one Praxis content exam in the grade and subject matter they plan to teach. For example, prospective music teachers will take the Music: Content Knowledge exam, while perspective chemistry teachers will choose the General Science: Content Knowledge exam. Students who have a 3.0 GPA in their major or submit a content portfolio may be exempt from testing, depending on their teacher preparation program's method of testing subject area competency.
Passing the edTPA assessment is also required of all prospective teachers, and candidates should consult their teacher preparation program to determine the appropriate edTPA for them.
Those planning to teach elementary school, reading, or special education must also take the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Content exam and receive a minimum score of 240.
Send in Application
To apply for a provisional license, prospective teachers should send all application materials to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. This includes an application form, fee, and supporting documentation. All prospective teachers must also complete a criminal background check as part of the application.
Fulfill Renewal Requirements
All provisional teaching licenses in Wisconsin are valid for three years. To advance to the lifetime professional license, teachers must complete at least six semesters of experience providing instruction to students in accordance to their license. This experience must have been completed within the five years prior to applying for a lifetime license, and teachers without this experience may reapply for the provisional license for another three years. Continuing education credits are not required for renewal.