April 19, 2018

Wisconsin Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $43,225
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $39,350

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Wisconsin schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Wisconsin teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Wisconsin-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Approved Programs for Licensing Wisconsin Educators
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Wisconsin, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Wisconsin has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Wisconsin Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Wisconsin for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction about teacher certification at this address:
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster Street,
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Or you can call the Department of Public Instruction (800) 441-4563 (toll free) .
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Wisconsin teacher certification process:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Licensing Information