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How to Become a Teacher in Wisconsin: Teacher Certification

This is a general guide to the steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Wisconsin. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

If you're interested in data regarding subjects such as average teaching salaries in Wisconsin, please see here.

Traditional Approach for the Wisconsin Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching and other types of internships. In order to receive a Wisconsin Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Pass the following exams:
    1. Praxis I - Reading, Writing, & Math
    2. Praxis II - Subject area
  4. Order fingerprint cards from (800) 266-1027.
  5. Fill out the Conduct & Competency Review.
  6. Submit the following:
    • Completed application
    • Official transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Application fee of $100 payable to Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
    • Mail to:
      Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
      Teacher Licensing
      Drawer 794
      Milwaukee, WI 53293-0794
      (800) 266-1027
  7. Do you want to renew your Wisconsin Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for a Wisconsin Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can still teach in Wisconsin before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Speak to a representative at (608) 266-0933.

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, https://dpi.wi.gov/

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