Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Wisconsin


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing
State information on reciprocity https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways/reciprocity
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? No. Wisconsin is NOT a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes. Out-of-state candidates must have taken coursework related to minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin. Candidates applying to teach courses in economics, social studies or agriculture must have taken coursework in cooperative marketing and consumers’ cooperatives. Candidates applying to teach courses in science or social studies must have taken coursework in the conservation of natural resources. Candidates applying to to teach prekindergarten through grades six must have taken coursework preparing the applicant to teach reading and language arts using appropriate instructional methods, including phonics. Within twelve months of receiving an initial license, candidates must demonstrate competency in: 1) resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff; 2) assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff, including training in the use of peer mediation to resolve conflicts between pupils; and 3) dealing with crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent or potentially disruptive situations. W.S.A. 118.193
W.S.A. 118.19
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? No.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates who are not eligible for the License Based on Reciprocity Pathway are required to achieve passing scores on the Praxis II content assessments. Wisconsin does not issue licenses on the basis of passing a content test that was completed in another state. These candidates must also submit evidence of passing a basic skills test comparable to the Praxis CORE assessments required of in-state candidates or evidence of passing an approved college entrance examination. In addition, candidates with less than one year of teaching experience of at least one-half time employment must post a passing score on the edTPA. If a candidate completed an edTPA as part of an educator preparation program in another state and received a passing score in that state, Wisconsin will honor the score as passing. If the other state has not established a threshold for passing, the individual will need to meet the cut score established for Wisconsin. Candidates applying for a license in elementary education, special education or reading are required to pass the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin. Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Under the License Based on Reciprocity Pathway, out-of-state candidates who have taught for at least one year in their sending state are eligible to receive an initial license to teach if they hold a valid license in good standing from their sending state AND they receive an offer of employment to teach in a school district in the state. The License Based on Reciprocity pathway provides for a five-year license to teach. Under the Out-of-State Pathway, applications from candidates who do not have one year of teaching experience are reviewed to determine comparability with Wisconsin preparation, testing and statutory requirements. Candidates working to meet licensure requirements may be eligible to receive a Five-Year Substitute License based on the Out-of-State License or an Emergency License or Permit. W.S.A. 118.193
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Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No.
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? N/A. Wisconsin does not have a tiered licensure system. Out-of-state candidates who qualify for the License Based on Reciprocity Pathway are granted an Initial License.
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? No.

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