Pathways to Licensure

Wisconsin offers multiple pathways to meet the requirements to become a Wisconsin licensed teacher, pupil services professional, or administrator. Whether you are a recent high school graduate with hopes of becoming a teacher; a working adult seeking a career change; a returning adult college student; an out-of-state applicant relocating to Wisconsin; or a Wisconsin educator seeking additional licensure, Wisconsin has a pathway waiting for you. Use the information on this page to locate a pathway that will serve your needs.

Minimum degree requirements for Wisconsin Licensure:

  • A bachelor's degree is required for all Wisconsin teaching licenses.
  • A master's degree, Education Specialist, or PhD is required for all Pupil Services and Administrator licenses. Refer to the specific license for exact details.

Which pathway is right for you?

Click a pathway that fits your situation.

Seeking an Initial Teaching License

No bachelor's degree?
Bachelor's Degree
Already have a bachelor's degree?
Alternative Route
License Based on

Seeking an Additional Teaching License


License Based on a Content Test



Out-of-State Applicant

Completed an educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin?
Teacher from outside of U.S.
International and Guest Teacher

Seeking a Pupil Services License


Pupil Services

Seeking an Administrator License



Seeking a Permit or
Other License


Trade Specialist


Professional Teaching Permits