Teacher Licensure State Requirements - Wisconsin

Become a Teacher in Wisconsin

Are you looking to make a difference? Completing an online teacher certification program will help you meet the requirements to become a teacher and connect with your students.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in Wisconsin, you must meet all of Wisconsin’s teacher certification requirements, including:

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved in its home state to lead to teacher certification.
  • Fingerprint clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.
  • For secondary education teacher candidates, a major in the content area specialization for which certification is sought.
  • Passing scores on the basic skills and content Praxis exams required for both certification in Wisconsin and certification in the home state of the teacher preparation program.
  • Wisconsin requires teacher candidates to complete coursework in the study of Wisconsin Indian tribes and environmental education, which is not covered by WGU coursework. If you do not meet these requirements, you will still receive a five-year initial educator license with the stipulations that you complete these requirements during that five year period.
  • Phonics coursework is also required in Wisconsin for certification in early childhood and elementary education. (WGU coursework covers this requirement.)

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in the state of Wisconsin, please check the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website:
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Web site
1-800-441-4563

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