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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Alverno College

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3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922
(414) 382-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Beloit College

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700 College St
Beloit, WI 53511-5595
(608) 363-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Cardinal Stritch University

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6801 N Yates Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985
(414) 410-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Carroll University

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100 N East Ave
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 547-1211

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Carthage College

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2001 Alford Park Dr
Kenosha, WI 53140-1994
(262) 551-8500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Concordia University-Wisconsin

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12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097-2402
(262) 243-5700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Edgewood College

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1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711-1997
(608) 663-4861

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Lakeland College

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W3718 South Drive, Cth M
Plymouth, WI 53073
(920) 565-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Lawrence University

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College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 832-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Maranatha Baptist University

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745 West Main Street
Watertown, WI 53094
(920) 261-9300 Ext: 2320

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Marian University

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45 S National Ave
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935-4699
(920) 923-7600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Marquette University

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1250 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7710

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Mount Mary University

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2900 N. Menomonee River Pky
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
(414) 258-4810

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northland College

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1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806-3999
(715) 682-1699

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Saint Norbert College

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100 Grant St
De Pere, WI 54115-2099
(920) 337-3181

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

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2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319
(920) 684-6691

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
(715) 836-2637

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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1725 State St
La Crosse, WI 54601-9959
(608) 785-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
(414) 229-1122

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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