WI BA Special Education/Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

The regular education license requires the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in a core subject area (i.e. Math, science, social science, or English).  If you have not satisfied this requirement previous to applying for teacher licensure in WI but have satisfied the other requirements for WI certification, you will receive a five-year initial educator license with stipulations.  You will have to satisfy any coursework deficiencies as part of your professional development during the period of that license.

In Wisconsin, this program leads to licenses in: 1) Elementary and Middle School (Grades K-9) and 2) Cross-Categorical Special Education (Grades K-12)

UT Elementary Content Exam*: Praxis 5001, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

Note: The Praxis 5031, Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects, is an eligible exam if at least one subtest was passed by 8/31/14 with all four subtests passed by 7/1/15. The Praxis 5014, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge will also qualify if passed by 8/31/12.


UT Special Education Content Exam (Choose A or B)*:

A) Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (same as the WGU program requirement exam). The Praxis 5542, Education of Exceptional Students: Mild to Moderate Disabilities exam also qualifies if passed by 8/31/10.

B) Praxis 5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications. The Praxis 5354, Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge exam also qualifies if passed by 8/31/10.

Pedagogy Exam: NES Foundations of Reading

WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)


* While Wisconsin does not require you to apply for and receive a UT teaching license before applying for WI licensure, WI does require you to be eligible for UT certification. This means that you will need to pass both the UT content exams required for initial elementary education and special education licensure (Praxis 5001, 5031, or 5014 and either 5543 or 5345) and the exams that Wisconsin requires (NES Foundations of Reading) in order to be eligible for certification in WI.

Visit these links for more important information:

General Information about Licensing in Wisconsin
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Wisconsin Teaching License


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