The School of Education certifies you to teach (endorses you getting a license from the relevant licensing body). You are eligible to apply for a teaching license AFTER you have been certified by UW-Madison.
To ensure that your endorsement of certification is sent to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), complete the License Endorsement Request online before the end of your last semester of coursework at UW-Madison. This procedure should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
It is advisable to make an appointment with Education Academic Services (EAS), 139 Education Building, to confirm that you are on track for certification during your final semester. Call (608) 262-1651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
A teaching license is issued by each state for use within that state and is valid for a specific time period. The license (in some instances called certificates, permits, credentials) indicates that the holder is qualified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels endorsed on the license. Licenses are required in all states and United States territories to teach in public schools. They are not valid outside the state in which they are issued.
The Educator Licensing page has more information about the Wisconsin licensing process, requesting pre-approval or program verification letters to support your job search before you get your license, and applying for licenses in another state.
Applying for Your WI License
Wisconsin Licensure is overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For instructions on how to complete an application online, proceed to the DPI website.
Applying for Your License in Other States
The School of Education Career Center recommends you apply for your Wisconsin license. Many other states will require it to grant you their license, and it preserves your ability to teach in Wisconsin in the future.
Still have questions? Schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant for further details and explanations.