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License Based on a Content Test Pathway

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Candidate Profile

Many teachers who hold a valid WI Provisional Educator, Lifetime Educator or Master Educator license have options to add licenses by passing a content test.  Five different scenarios in which an educator is eligible for this pathway are laid out below, along with additional details regarding specific tests to be taken.

  • Teachers who hold a Middle and High School license (34.046, grades 4-12), a special education license(34.049, K-12, EA-A), a PreKindergarten through grade 12 license (34.047, PK-12), or an equivalent license can add certain additional subjects at the 4-12 grade level by passing a content test.  Specific eligibility requirements for this pathway related to subject areas and development/grade levels are listed in the PDF below.
    • For information about what subject areas can be added, which content test to take, and the passing score for each test use the LBCT-Adding 4-12 licenses PDF to find this information.
  • Teachers who hold a Prekindergarten through 12 license (34.047) or an equivalent license can add another PK-12 license or Middle and High School license (grades 4-12) in certain non-special education subject areas by passing a content test. Specific eligibility requirements for this pathway related to subject areas and development/grade levels are listed in the PDF below.
    • If adding on a PK-12 subject area, use the LBCT-Adding PK-12 licenses PDF to find information about what content test to take and the passing score for each test.
    • If adding on a Middle and High School (grades 4-12) subject area, use the LBCT-Adding 4-12 licenses PDF to find information about what subject areas can be added, which content test to take, and the passing score for each test.
  • Teachers who hold an Elementary and Middle School (34.045, grades K-9), a special education license (34.049, K-12, MC-EA), or the equivalent license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in grades PK-3 (may include Head Start program teaching) can add an Early Childhood-Regular Education license (birth to grade 3) by passing the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge test and the Foundations of Reading Test.
  • Teachers who hold an Elementary and Middle School license (34.045, grades K-9, MC-EA), a special education license (34.049, grades K-12, MC-EA or EA-A), or the equivalent license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in English/language arts or math in grades 7 or 8 can add a license in that subject at the Middle and High School level (grades 4-12) by passing a content test.
  • Teachers who hold an Elementary and Middle School License (34.045, grades K-9, MC-EA), a special education license(34.049, grades K-12, MC-EA, EC-A) or an equivalent license may add a license in English as a Second Language or a world language at the K-9 grade level by passing the applicable content knowledge test.

 

 

If you fit this pathway profile:
 

  1. VERIFY your eligibility on the license look-up page: License Lookup
  2. CHOOSE the test you will take. Register directly with the test vendor to take the test.
  3. TAKE the test, and obtain an original score report from the test vendor. Verify minimum passing score. Do not request score reports to be sent directly to the department (DPI)
  4. APPLY for the new license using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) System. Upload a copy of the original score report from the test vendor. An applicant may add more than one related area license at a time based on a passing score. Do not submit an application without an original score report attached.

 

IMPORTANT!

If you pass an approved content test by August 31st and are otherwise eligible for licensure, the effective date of your license will be July 1st of that same year.

If you pass an approved content test after September 1st and are otherwise eligible for licensure, the effective date of your license will be the following July 1st.