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DPI Recognized Accreditation

In order to receive a DPI license or renew a DPI license with credits, the college or university attended must be accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

  • In order to receive a license in Wisconsin, your licensure preparation program must be offered through a four-year college or university accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  
  • In order to renew your license with credits, the courses must be taken at an institution of higher education accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
    • NOTE: The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has now become Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  Therefore, no college/university can still be accredited by NCATE. As long as the school is institutionally accredited, it meets DPI’s accreditation requirement for license renewal.

To check if your college/university is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, please refer to the U.S. Department of Education accreditation search

To view all U.S. Secretary of Education recognized accrediting associations, access the Accreditation in the United States web page

Submit questions and comments about this information to the Licensing Online Help desk.