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To receive a Tier II or Tier III educator license in Wisconsin, applicants can complete an approved program and demonstrate competency in the Wisconsin Educator Standards. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approves educator preparation programs leading to licensure at entities that include Wisconsin colleges/universities, CESAs, school districts, and private companies.

Under the program approval approach to educator licensing, completers of Wisconsin approved programs are granted a license by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) based on the endorsement (i.e. recommendation) by the certification officer of the approved program.

If the approved program is offered through one of the thirty-three Wisconsin colleges and universities, the program can lead to a degree (e.g. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Education Specialist) and/or licensure only based on the licensure program requirements.

If the approved program is offered by an entity that is not a college or university, the candidate in this program must meet the minimal degree requirements prior to admission. These approved programs do not grant a degree.


The Find a Prep Program button below allows searches of all approved educator preparation programs.


For information about each approved program, please contact the program directly using the Contact Information for Approved Educator Preparation Programs.