Initial Wisconsin Teaching Certification:

The Initial Wisconsin Teaching Certification is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

The following are requirements and steps to be taken to acquire your Wisconsin teaching certificate if you already hold a college degree.
  • Wisconsin Initial Teaching Certification

  • Through the traditional route to certification, a credential is issued to an applicant who has completed a Wisconsin teacher certification program.

    • Step 1:
      Request information from accredited institutions regarding Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs. Teacher Preparation Programs.

    • Step 2:
      You will need to download and complete the Wisconsin Initial Certification Application form, Form 1602-IS

    • Step 3:
      After you have completed your part of the application, you will need to send the application to your teacher education institution so they may be able to verify your completion of their program and your satisfactory competency examination scores.

    • Step 4:
      Within your application packet provide a fee of $100 by check or money order made payable to the "Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction"

      Or you may use the first page of the application to pay by credit card.

    • Step 5:
      Complete the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Conduct and Competency Review that is located within the application form.

    • Step 6:
      If you have worked, resided or attended college anywhere other than in Wisconsin, you will need to submit your Fingerprints for a background check.

      You may request fingerprint cards from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by calling 1-800-266-1027.

      You will be sent an FBI card and a Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau card. Cards must be completed by a law enforcement official.

    • Step 7:
      Prior to admission into a Wisconsin Teacher Education Program, you will need to obtain passing scores on the Praxis I, PreProfessional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

      You must also eventually pass the Praxis II subject assessments that are required for your desired endorsement(s).

      Find more information about Praxis Examinations in Wisconsin from the ETS Website.

    • Step 8:
      Verify the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has received your certification by checking the license database which can be found at

    • Have materials sent to this address:
      Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
      Teacher Licensing
      125 S. Webster St.
      P.O. Box 7841
      Milwaukee, WI 53707-7841

      Or contact the Wisconsin Licensing Office by phone at (800) 441-4563

    • Step 9:
      Sit Back and Relax!
  • Wisconsin Alternative Teaching Certification

  • Wisconsin supports a handful of accelerated programs that allow future teachers to enter the classroom prior to the completion of a traditional teacher education program.

    For more information on this option for Wisconsin Teacher Certification, call Ken Starkman at (608) 266-0933

Learn about the requirements of another state by clicking on one of the state certification links to your left.

Request information from schools by clicking on the links or school logos below.

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