WI Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

Educational Leadership Certification Available: Principal (Grades Pk-12)

Wisconsin has the following requirements for applicants for administrative licensure as a principal:
1. DEGREE: A bachelor's and a Master’s degree. 

2. LICENSE: Possession of or eligibility for a license to teach at the early childhood through adolescence level or completion of an approved program leading to a license to teach, or possession of or eligibility for a license as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, or completion an approved program leading to one of those licenses.

3. EXPERIENCE: Three years of successful full-time classroom teaching experience at any of the grades at the early childhood through adolescence level, or three years of successful experience as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, including evidence of at least 540 hours of successful classroom teaching experience.

4. PROGRAM Completion of a school principal preparation program at an institution that is regionally accredited. The program must either be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction or be approved by another state's department of education and be comparable to a WI DPI approved program. WGU's school principal preparation program is approved in Washington and is considered comparable to a WI DPI approved program.

5. PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT: WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.

If you begin your practicum on or after August 1, 2016, the completion of a practicum must take place over the course of a full school year. See the Washington Rules for more information. Your Educational Leadership standard pathway will be changed to account for this full school year requirement. This may result in an additional academic term of study.

A full school year shall mean at least the academic year. While principal candidates may begin their practicum in any month, they must complete practicum activities (verified on the clinical hour log) during every month that the school is open for a total of at least one academic year. The practicum does not conclude early if the required hours are logged prior to the accumulation of one academic year and candidates may not accelerate through the practicum. School year means the annual period commencing on the first day of September of one calendar year and ending the last day of August of the ensuing calendar year.

6. WGU PROGRAM REQUIREMENT: Beginning 9/1/2018, the WGU program requirement is the Praxis 5412: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision for students in Wisconsin. If passed prior to 8/31/2018, the Praxis 5411: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.


For further details on Wisconsin administrative licensure requirements, please see subsection IX of the Wisconsin PL 34 Administrative Rules available at this link.

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 Administrator License


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