Educator Testing Requirements

Praxis Core

In order to receive an educator license in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires that you demonstrate competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as in the content knowledge of your specific license area.

If you are applying for admission into the School of Education, you must have a 2.750 cumulative GPA or pass the Praxis Core test before admission. You can sign up for an exam date after you set up a user account and password. You will need to select University of Wisconsin-Platteville (recipient code 1917) as the score recipient. You will need to complete the Praxis Core test or you can meet the basic skills requirement if you meet one of the following:

  • ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 or higher and a combined English/writing score of 20 or higher.
  • ACT Test composite score of 23 or higher with a minimum sub-score of 20 in English, 20 in mathematics, and 20 in reading.
  • SAT minimum sub-score of 520 in mathematics, 510 in reading, and 480 in writing.
  • GRE with a minimum sub-score of 145 quantitative reasoning, 150 in verbal reasoning, and three in analytical writing on the current scale.
  • GRE with a minimum sub-score of 540 in quantitative reasoning, 450 in verbal reasoning, and three in analytical writing on the old scale.

Scores presented for the purposes of admission must be the result of exams taken within the last 10 years. You must pass the Praxis Core with 156 in reading, 162 in writing, and 150 in mathematics or have the adequate scores in the ACT, SAT, or GRE or have a 2.750 GPA in order to be admitted into the Wisconsin School of Education. If you are a transfer student, you should complete the Praxis Core either before attending UW-Platteville or by the end of your first semester if the ACT, SAT, or GRE scores do not apply.

Praxis Core study materials are available in the Instructional Materials Lab on the third floor of the Karrmann Library. Students must pass the Praxis Core in reading, writing, and mathematics or have adequate scores in the ACT, SAT, or GRE in order to be admitted into the School of Education.

Study materials 

Praxis Core study materials are available in the Instructional Materials Lab on the first floor of the Karrmann Library. Multiple online Praxis tests are available.

The Praxis program has identified videos and exercises available to support the Praxis Core test preparation. If you need tutoring in the math section of the Praxis test you can contact Jodean Grunow at to set up an appointment for tutoring.

Praxis II 

The Praxis Subject Assessments, formerly known as Praxis II, measures subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills that you will need to begin teaching. This test requires a passing score before you being placed in a student teaching assignment if you do not have a major and/or minor GPA of 3.000 or greater. You should discuss with your advisor the best time to complete this test.

Students will need to have a passing score on their content test prior to the Clinical Experiences Office finding a student teaching placement. Visit student teaching for deadlines for student teaching requirements. Advisors and students should discuss the best time to complete their content test. This can vary by program.

Program Test Code Passing Score
Agriculture 5701 147
Art 5134 158
Broad Field Language Art/English 5038 167
Broad Field Science 5435 154
Broad Field Social Studies 5081 153
Cross Categorical - Middle School Content 5146 146
Elementary Education (B-11) 5018 157
Education-STEM: Middle School Content 5146 146
Middle School (10-14) 5146 146
English as a Second Language 5362 149
Health 5551 151
Mathematics 5161 160
Music 5113 150
Physical Education 5091 150
School Counselor 5421 156
Technology Education 5051 159
Theatre 5641 157
Visual Impairment 5146 146

For more information on registration, testing requirements, or questions, visit Praxis' test requirements.

Foundations of Reading Test

The Foundations of Reading test measures proficiency in and depth of understanding of the subject of reading and writing development. The test reflects scientifically based reading research and is aligned with the Common Core state standards.

All teacher candidates in Wisconsin that are applying for an initial teaching license in grades kindergarten through fifth grade; special education; or for a license as a reading teacher or reading specialist, will be required to pass the Foundations of Reading test.

UW-Platteville licensure programs required to complete the Foundations of Reading test include:

  • Early childhood: Middle childhood (71-777)
  • Early adolescence (76-777)
  • Middle childhood: Early adolescence (72-777)
  • Middle Childhood: Early adolescence cross categorical (72-801)
  • Middle Childhood: Early adolescence emotional behavior disabilities (72-830)
  • Middle Childhood: Early adolescence specific learning disabilities (72-811)
  • Early Adolescence: Adolescence cross categorical (73-801)
  • Reading teacher (316)
  • Reading specialist (17)

Study Materials

To sample test questions or to sign up for the test visit the National Evaluation Series for Wisconsin. Examine additional test review materials. You can also take a reading workshop from Reading Horizons that will provide you with the right teaching strategies to make learning to read simple and enjoyable.

If you need tutoring for the Foundations of Reading test you can contact Jan Weier at to set up an appointment for tutoring.

World language tests

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages tests are required for all world language teacher candidates enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs. If you have met the passing scores in Praxis II of 173 in French, 181 in German, and 191 in Spanish, you may use these scores instead.

For the world language tests, Wisconsin requires both the oral proficiency interview and writing proficiency test. The qualifying scores for licensure in Wisconsin on both tests are intermediate high. Find more information about Wisconsin-approved world language assessments.


edTPA is a pre-service assessment process designed by educators to engage you in demonstrating your understanding of teaching. You will submit artifacts and commentaries as evidence of how you planned and implemented instruction to deepen student learning during your student teaching experience.