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
Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Effective January 31, 2014, applicants for initial licensure as an elementary teacher (grades K-5, EC, EC-MC, MC-EA), a special education teacher, a reading teacher, or reading specialist must receive a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. Any licensed teacher wanting to add one or more of these areas to their license must also pass the test. For more information, see the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test web page from Pearson.
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 Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. For information including questions and registration, go to ETS Website (http://www.ets.org/praxis/wi) or call 1-800-772-9476.
Praxis Core qualifying scores:
|Reading (0712 or 5712)||156|
|Writing (0722 or 5722)||162|
|Mathematics (0732 or 5732)||150|
- Beginning September 1, 2013, Wisconsin's Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) may use one of the following three college entrance tests as the standardized test of communication skills required for admission to EPPs. Only test scores that are less than five years old are allowable.
College Entrance Test
Wisconsin Passing Score
The ACT® Test
Composite Score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading
The SAT® Test
Composite Score of 1070 with minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal
The revised (after 8/11/2011) GRE® General Test
Composite Score of 298 with minimum score of 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math
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.
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.
For more information including questions and registration, go to LTI Website or email email@example.com.
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, please go to the License Based on Content Test Pathway web page.
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, please go to the Post Baccalaureate Pathway web page.
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 Core tests (see above) or equivalent basic skills tests required by their professional education programs or previous state 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, please visit our Out-of-State Pathway web page.