Educator Preparation

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To receive an educator license in Wisconsin, applicants must complete a state-approved educator preparation program and demonstrate competency in the Wisconsin Educator Standards.

Under the program approval approach to educator licensing, graduates of Wisconsin educator preparation programs are granted a license by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) based on the endorsement (i.e. recommendation) by the certification officer of the institution.

There are two types of educator preparation programs in Wisconsin:

  1. Institutions of higher education: Thirty three of Wisconsin colleges and universities, public and private, are approved by the DPI to offer licensure programs. These programs lead to a degree (e.g. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Education Specialist) and/or licensure only based on the licensure program requirements.  
  2. Alternative route programs: These alternative route programs are approved by the DPI to offer licensure programs in critical shortage areas.

For program and contact information, please go to Approved Programs.

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