In order to receive an educator license in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires applicants to demonstrate competency in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics as well as in the content knowledge of their specific license area. Tests and passing scores are approved by the State Superintendent.
The information on this page will assist you in learning more about the testing requirements for initial educators completing educator preparation program in Wisconsin, Wisconsin educators seeking additional licensure, and out-of-state educators seeking Wisconsin licensure.
Testing Requirements for Initial Educators Completing Programs in Wisconsin
Basic Skills Tests
Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 requires that all students applying for admission to an educator preparation program in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program must pass competency tests in communication skills prior to admission.
Basic skills tests information:
- Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. For information including questions and registration, go to ETS Website or call 1-800-772-9476.
PPST qualifying scores:
|PPST Reading (0710) or PPST Reading (5710)||175|
|PPST Writing (0720) or PPST Writing (5720)||174|
|PPST Mathematics (0730) or PPST Mathematics (5730)||173|
Substitutions by passing scores on graduate school admissions examinations, ACT, or SAT are not allowed.
Subject Area Tests
All candidates who complete their educator preparation programs in a Wisconsin college/university or alternative program after August 31, 2004 are required to complete and pass subject area tests for their licensure area to qualify for a Wisconsin educator license. There is no waiver for the subject area test requirement for each candidate’s licensure area. The subject area test requirements also apply to educators returning to complete a new licensure area (e.g. subject) after August 31, 2004.
Subject area tests information:
- Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis II: Subject Area Tests for all licenses except world languages.
- Language Testing International (LTI) ACTFL for world language tests.
Candidates enrolled in a Wisconsin educator preparation program should contact their respective program for all testing requirements pertinent to the licensure endorsement they are seeking and the timing to take the tests within the program sequence.
Praxis II: Subject Area Tests
Praxis II: Subject Area Tests are required for all teaching and pupil services candidates enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs in any subject other than world languages.
A complete listing of Wisconsin-approved subject area tests can be found on ETS Website.
For information including questions and registration, go to ETS Website or call 1-800-772-9476.
ACTFL World Language Tests
ACTFL World Language Tests are required for all world language teacher candidates enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs beginning September 2011. Note: Candidates enrolled in a Wisconsin approved World Language program that have met passing scores in Praxis II: Subject Area Tests in French (0173), German (0181) and Spanish (0191) prior to September 2011 may use those scores.
For ACTFL World Language Tests, Wisconsin requires both the Oral Proficiency interview (OPI-OPIc) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). The qualifying score for licensure in Wisconsin on both tests are Intermediate High.
To learn more about Wisconsin-approved world language assessments, go to LTI Website.
For more information including questions and registration, go to LTI Website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing Requirements for Wisconsin Educators Adding a Second License
All educators seeking to add a license after August 31, 2004 must take a subject area test to demonstrate content knowledge. There are two pathways in which educators may select from when seeking to add a license; both require passing a subject area test in order to qualify for the license.
Pathway 1: License Based on a Content Test
As of December 2010, Wisconsin educators who hold a valid Professional Educator license in world language (excluding ESL), social studies, science, English language arts, and mathematics/computer science, are eligible to add a licensure in related area based on passing a content test approved by the State Superintendent. For information and test requirements in this pathway, go to License Based on Content Test Pathway.
Pathway 2: Post Baccalaureate
Initial or professional educators seeking to add a license may enroll in an approved Wisconsin post baccalaureate educator preparation program. While enrolled in a program, candidates will be required to complete the Wisconsin testing requirements for the licensure area they are seeking to add.
For more information on Post Baccalaureate Pathway, go to Pathways to Licensure and look for Post Baccalaureate Pathway.
Testing Requirements for Out-of-State Educators Seeking a Wisconsin License
Educators who completed educator preparation programs outside of Wisconsin and are seeking Wisconsin educator license must complete and pass Wisconsin testing requirements before a license may be issued.
Basic Skills Tests
Educators who completed their educator preparation programs outside of Wisconsin after August 31, 1992 must submit passing scores on the Praxis I test (see above) or an equivalent basic skills tests required by their professional education programs or their states in their application to Wisconsin license.
Subject Area Tests
Educators who completed their educator preparation programs outside of Wisconsin must submit proof that they have passed the required tests for licensure in the state where the educator preparation programs are located.
In addition, educators who completed their educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin after August 31, 2004, where the state’s testing requirements are different from Wisconsin’s testing requirements, must take and pass Praxis II: Subject Area Tests that are required in Wisconsin for their license area in order to qualify for a Wisconsin educator license.
For more information on Out-of-State application process, go to Pathways to Licensure and look for Out-of-State Pathway.