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

Teaching Areas Grades Ranges
Early Childhood (Regular Education and Special Education) PK – 3
Elementary and Middle School K – 9
Middle and High School 4 – 12
Prekindergarten through grade 12 PK – 12
Kindergarten through grade 12 Cross-Categorical Special Education K – 12


The corresponding Wisconsin license for most elementary education preparation programs in other states is our Elementary/Middle School license.  Examples from neighboring states:

State License WI License Required Tests
Illinois

Early Childhood Education (Birth-grade 3)

 

 

Elementary Education (K-9)

PK-3

 

 

K-8

  • 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)

PK-K or PK-3

 

 

K-6

  • 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

 

 


K-5

  • 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 (PK-3 or K-3)

 

 

Elementary Education (K-6 or 1-6)

PK-3 or K-3

 

 

K-6 or 1-6

  • 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.