The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) must approve all teacher certification programs within Wisconsin. To become licensed, you’ll need to file an application with the School of Education Office. Once it’s verified that you have completed the licensure requirements, you will be recommended for licensure and notified via email that you may apply for your teaching license.

Out-of-state licensure or certification
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville regularly monitors licensure/certification laws in surrounding states. State requirements, however, are subject to change without notice. If you are interested in certification outside Wisconsin, we encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements before beginning a program, as well as during your program of study.

We offer advising for all current and prospective students on the licensure requirements for their respective states. Please contact Elizabeth Runde at 608.342.1130, to work with you individually.

If you need an out-of-state program verification form completed, these should be submitted to the School of Education Office in 139 Doudna Hall.

For your convenience, you can view each states certification online.


Upon successful completion of an approved program and appropriate content area tests, a person will be endorsed or recommended for licensure to teach in Wisconsin (or any other state). Licensure is not automatic. Prospective teachers must file an application for a teaching license in Wisconsin and/or other state(s) where they might be employed.

Teacher candidates must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.750 (Note: 3.00 required in professional education, elementary core, and minor for early childhood-middle childhood, B-11 students.  A GPA of 3.00 is required in professional education and elementary core for the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence), not including student teaching/internship, and grades of "C-" or better in all required professional education and content courses to be recommended for a teacher's license. Other requirements include passing the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) content(s) and the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading test for elementary Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence programs.

Students completing a teacher-education program and seeking a teaching license in Wisconsin after Aug. 31, 2015, will also be required to submit an edTPA portfolio to Pearson Corp. for scoring.  All candidates who complete programs after Aug. 31, 2016, must pass an edTPA portfolio for licensure.

Applications for Wisconsin teaching licenses are located on the DPI website.

All completed applications should be submitted to the UW-Platteville School of Education Office, 139 Doudna Hall, since they require verification of program completion and the certification officer's endorsement. Education students will incur fees beyond tuition due to external licensing and assessment requirements.


DPI Developmental Level UW-Platteville Major
Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC)
Ages: birth-11
Elementary Education major with an Early Childhood minor
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA)
Ages: 6-12/13
Education Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics major with an approved minor in English, Math for Middle School teachers, natural science, or social science

Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A)
Ages: 10-21








Approved content majors:
Broad Field Science
Social Science Comprehensive/History Emphasis

Approved content minors:
Environmental Science
Social Science Comprehensive

Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A)
Ages: birth-21









Approved content majors:
Agriculture Education
Agriculture Education and Technology Education (dual major)
Art Education
Music (instrumental, general, or vocal)
Physical Education with Health Minor (adaptive physical education and athletic coaching are areas of licensure and part of this major)
Technology Education

Approved content minors:
Teaching English as a Second Language
Supplemental Licensure: Special Education Inclusion Minor Provides an adaptive education license to completers of the Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, Early Adolescent-Adolescent, and Early Childhood-Adolescence
Supplemental Licensure: Special Education Inclusion Minor Provides a cross categorical license to completers of the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence program

Graduate or Licensure Programs

Department of Public Instruction developmental level UW-Platteville Program
Matches initial teacher license Cross-Categorical
Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) Educational Administration
Matches initial teacher license English as a Second Language (Bilingual)
Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) Reading Teacher
Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) Reading Specialist