How to Become a Teacher in Wisconsin

Wisconsin currently employs approximately 55,000 certified teachers in its public school system. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WPDI) indicates on its website that Wisconsin hopes to increase its high school graduation rate from 85.7% to 92% by 2017. In order to reach this goal, Wisconsin seeks to employ highly qualified teachers. To obtain Wisconsin teacher certification, students must complete certain educational requirements. Continue reading to learn more about becoming a teacher in Wisconsin.

Education Requirements

To become a certified teacher in Wisconsin, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and complete an approved educator preparation program, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Applicants must also pass basic skills tests in the areas of reading, writing, and math, as well as tests in relevant content areas.

Wisconsin Teaching Certification

To be certified to teach in Wisconsin, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, have completed an approved educator preparation program, and submit to a background check. When first certified, teachers earn the Initial Educator License, which is valid for five years. Teachers can then earn the Professional Educator License, which must be renewed every five years. The Master Educator License is a 10-year certification available to teachers who complete a National Board Certification by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards or a Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process. An alternative route to certification is also available to those who already have a bachelor’s degree in the subject area in which they’d like to teach.

Required Tests

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires applicants to take the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test in reading, writing, and math, as well as Praxis II: Subject Area Tests in relevant subjects. For world languages, applicants must take the LanguageTesting International ACTFL.

State Certification Reciprocity

Wisconsin considers certification from all other states, as long as the applicant completed a teacher preparation program with requirements comparable to Wisconsin’s, offered by a regionally accredited institution, that is approved by the other state and qualifies the applicant for licensure in the other state. Out-of-state applicants must complete the tests that Wisconsin requires.

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