Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 118.19, “any person seeking to teach in a public school, including a charter school, or in a school or institution operated by a county or the state shall first procure a license or permit” from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
General requirements for educator licensing in Wisconsin (unless otherwise specified under each license type):
- A minimum of bachelor’s degree.
- Completion of an approved educator preparation program, including meeting all applicable Wisconsin statutory requirements and testing requirements.
- Satisfactory background checks result.
You can find the following information related to licensing on our web page:
- Pathways to Licensure – Learn about the different pathways to become a licensed educator in Wisconsin.
- License Types and Requirement – Learn about the different licenses issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions including the requirements to obtain and renew the licenses.
- Wisconsin Testing Requirements – Find out the testing requirements for obtaining a Wisconsin educator license.
- Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Learn about the PDP requirements and other information related to the PDP process.
- Out-of-State Program Completers – Information for educators who complete educator preparation program outside Wisconsin
- Non-U.S. Program Completers – Information for educators from outside United States.
- Initial Educators – Information for initial educators.
- Educator Licensing Online (ELO) - Information about our online application and licensing system.