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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 most Wisconsin teaching licenses.
- A Master's, Education Specialist, or Doctoral degree is required for most Pupil Services and Administrator licenses.
- Refer to the specific licensing pathway for exact details.
Which pathway is right for you?
Click a pathway that fits your situation.
|Who are you?||Pathway Options|
Seeking an Initial Teaching License but do not have a bachelor's degree
|Seeking an Initial Teaching License and already have a bachelor's degree|
|Completed an educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin||Out-of-State Pathway|
Teacher from outside of U.S.
|Seeking an Administrator License||Administrator Pathway|
|Seeking a Pupil Services License||Pupil Services Pathway|
Already hold a Wisconsin Teacher License seeking an additional subject area certification
|Seeking a permit to teach upper level Technology Education classes|
Seeking a license that requires school district support
|Seeking a license to teach in a Montessori school||Montessori License Pathway|
If you are an out-of-state educator and unsure which pathway you are eligible for use the Out-of-State Educator Decision Tree to find your available pathways.