Teacher Certification Made Simple!

Become a Teacher
in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Teacher Certification

This page is sponsored by Rossier Online, a master level teaching degree program delivered online that enables you to earn a Master’s degree and teaching credential. Learn more about how the University of Southern California can help you become a transformative teacher in Wisconsin.


To become a certified teacher in Wisconsin, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating the site with new information on a regular basis. To stay up-to-date with the latest in teacher certification, please complete the form in the right sidebar.

Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires candidates pursuing their initial teaching license to meet the following requirements (unless otherwise noted):

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
  • Complete a state-approved educator preparation program and meet all state testing requirements
  • Satisfactory background check results

Visit Wisconsin’s Educator Licensing department for more information regarding license types and requirements.

Wisconsin Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Wisconsin, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Wisconsin Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Wisconsin can be found here!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Wisconsin, visit our Wisconsin Teacher Scholarships page.

Wisconsin Required Tests

All applicants pursuing their initial teaching license in Wisconsin are required to successfully complete a Basic Skills Assessment (PPST) and any required Content Area assessments.

Basic Skills Assessment

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)



Praxis I Reading
Praxis I Writing
Praxis I Mathematics

All applicants are required to successfully complete Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

Content Area Assessment

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)



Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

Early Childhood Education

Early-Middle Childhood Education


Middle School: Content Knowledge

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Special Education Certification


Middle School: Content Knowledge

Cognitive Disabilities
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Emotional Disturbance
Learning Disabilities
Visual Impairment


Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

Early Childhood Special Education


Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Broad Field Social Studies
Political Science & Citizenship


Speech-Language Pathology

Speech & Language Pathologist

Visit Wisconsin’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of available assessments

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Early Adolescence – Adolescence Certification


General Science: Content Knowledge

Broad Field Science
Earth & Space Sciences
Life & Environmental Science
Physical Science


English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge

Broad Field Language Arts
English Lit. and Composition
Speech Communication


Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Broad Field Social Studies
Political Science & Citizenship


Mathematics: Content Knowledge


Wisconsin Certification Reciprocity

Wisconsin will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Wisconsin Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Wisconsin provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high needs schools
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Wisconsin has limited to weak induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $52,110
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $51,040
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Wisconsin makes 134% of the salary of the average worker in Wisconsin
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

Education K-12 Listings

This service provides potential Wisconsin educators with access to available education jobs within the Wisconsin public school district. Applicants are able to view printable listings or search and apply directly through WI’s job search.

Wisconsin Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Wisconsin.

Contact Information

      Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

      Educator Licensing, Drawer 794

      Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53293

      800-441-4563 – Contact

Additional links