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Out-of-State Elementary Education Candidates

Lifetime Licenses Created

Important Notice

As required in the 2017-18 state budget, conversion of current Professional and Master Educator licenses to Lifetime licenses is complete.  If you wish to print a copy of your Lifetime license, please follow the four numbered steps below:

  1. Access your ELO Account
  2. Navigate to the “Manage Your Existing Licenses” section of the Quick Start Menu
  3. Choose “Print license certificate” from the drop down menu and click “Go!”
  4. Based on your browser’s default behavior, a file will be available for you to open or download.
 

The developmental levels for teacher licenses in Wisconsin do not always match up to the grade levels used on other states' licenses.  Wisconsin developmental levels are:

Developmental Levels Age Ranges Typical Corresponding Grades
Early Childhood (EC) Birth – 8 PK – 3
Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) Birth – 11 PK – 6
Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) 6 – 12 or 13 1 – 8


The corresponding Wisconsin license for most elementary education preparation programs in other states in our Regular Education (1777) at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) level.  Examples from neighboring states:

State License WI License Required Tests
Illinois

Early Childhood Education (Birth-grade 3)

 

Elementary Education (K-9)

Regular Education EC

 

 

Regular Education MC-EA

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

 

  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Iowa

PK-K or PK-3

 

 

Elementary Classroom (1-6)

Regular Education EC

 

 

Regular Education MC-EA

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
     
  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Michigan

Elementary Education Certificate with Early Childhood Education endorsement (ZA or ZS)

 

Elementary Education Certificate (K-5)

 

Regular Education EC-MC

 


 


Regular Education MC-EA

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test



 

  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Minnesota

Pre-Kindergarten, Pre-Primary, or Early Childhood Education

 

Elementary Education (1-6)

Regular Education EC

 

 

Regular Education MC-EA

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

 

  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

 

Kindergarten

Wisconsin licenses that include Kindergarten require that a candidate have proper preparation in Early Childhood Education.  Few K-6 preparation programs outside of Wisconsin are comparable to DPI-approved Early Childhood programs.  

A candidate would likely qualify for a Wisconsin Early Childhood license with a double-major in elementary ed and early childhood or possibly with a major in elementary ed and minor in early childhood.  A Kindergarten endorsement from another state is not by itself sufficient to obtain a Wisconsin teacher license that includes Kindergarten.