The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approves educator preparation programs leading to licensure as offered by Wisconsin colleges/universities. In addition, DPI also approves alternative route programs that lead to licensure.
Institutions of Higher Education
Wisconsin colleges and universities offer educator preparation programs that lead to licensure based on approval by the state superintendent. Completion of these approved programs may lead to a degree (e.g. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate) and an endorsement for a Wisconsin educator license by the certification officer of the college/university. Some of these programs may not result in a degree (i.e. post-baccalaureate programs), but are approved to lead to a Wisconsin license.
A complete listing of approved undergraduate and graduate educator preparation programs, including majors, minors, and concentrations can be found in the following:
For information of each program, please contact the college or university directly:
- Contact Information for Public Institutions of Higher Education
- Contact Information for Private Institutions of Higher Education
Alternative Route to Licensure Program Providers
In an effort to address the shortage of qualified, licensed educators in certain critical shortage content fields, the state superintendent has approved alternative training programs known as Alternative Routes Licensure Programs.
Examples of critical shortage content fields are mathematics, science, computer science, special education, bilingual-bicultural, and ESL. Content fields of critical shortage may vary by geographic region. Please contact the program for additional information.
Enrollment in an alternative program requires a bachelor’s degree and a major for admission unless otherwise noted. Each program reviews a candidate’s bachelor’s degree and transcript to determine if the candidate has a major or the equivalent. Some programs will review work experience as part of meeting the program requirements.
To complete a program, a candidate must:
- Be able to meet Wisconsin statutory requirements specified in Wis. Stats. 118.19.
- Complete the pedagogy.
- Complete and pass required exam(s) (e.g. Praxis).
- Complete student teaching.
- Provide evidence of proficiency in the Wisconsin Educator Standards through a portfolio.
For a complete listing of approved Alternative Routes along with the contact information, please go to:
For information of each program, please contact the program directly: