Become a Teacher in Wisconsin
Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary $52,110
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary $51,040
Teacher Salary vs. State Average 140%
Vacation Weeks per Year 15
Pupil/Teacher Ratio 14.93
Expenditure per Pupil $12,642
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTIONdpi.wi.gov/
125 S. Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
BECOME A TEACHER IN WISCONSIN
- Earn Your Wisconsin Teaching Credential
- Required Tests for Wisconsin
- Alternate Teacher Certification in Wisconsin
- Benefits of a Master's in Education in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Teacher Salary and Incentives
- Professional Development for Wisconsin Teachers
- Wisconsin Teacher Certification Information and Links
WISCONSIN TEACHER SHORTAGE AREAS
- Career and Technology Education
- Family and Consumer Education (FACE)
- Special Education
- Cross Categorical
- Early Childhood-Special Education
- Learning Disabilities
- School Speech and Language Disabilities
- Library Media
- Business Education
- Technology Education
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
- Career and Technology Education—Business Education
- Visual Disabilities
- Foreign Languages
Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015
To earn your teaching credential, you will have to complete pre-requisite work, standardized testing and all of the requirements specific to the state of Wisconsin. You may qualify for state-to-state reciprocity if you have already earned a teaching credential out of the state of Wisconsin. Click here to learn more about earning your Wisconsin teaching credential.
Wisconsin teachers advance from an Initial Educator License to a five-year Professional Educator License once they have successfully completed 3-5 years of full-time teaching and have a professional development plan in place. There is also an optional, 10-year, Master Educator License, for which teachers have to go through a rigorous assessment process
Learn more about getting your teaching credential.
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Many states also have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Wisconsin does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, although it does require a major in the area or subject you plan to teach. Every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information. Wisconsin does have a supervised student teaching requirement.
In order to become a certified teacher in Wisconsin, you must satisfactorily complete the Basic Skill Test requirement and any Subject Area Competence assessments required for your desired area of instruction.
Basic Skills Test
- PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) (for entry into a teacher preparation program)
Subject Area Competence
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.
Read more about teacher certification tests.
Teacher education programs usually consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component often includes class observation, student teaching or an internship. Wisconsin has a student teaching requirement.
Wisconsin allows for the development and approval of alternative programs for initial educator licensing. These programs must be pre-approved by the Wisconsin department of public instruction. Many of the programs are for licensure in “critical shortage” areas in a particular region or school district. A list of alternative programs in Wisconsin and contact information can be found in the PI 34 Index of Approved Alternative Route to Licensure Programs in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin does allow for state-to-state reciprocity from any licensure process that is of equal stringency to its own certification requirements. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for information on specific certification programs, or visit the reciprocity page.
Earning a Master’s in education will increase your salary in some school districts. In the Milwaukee public schools in 2009, a teacher starting out with a Master’s degree could expect to earn about $5,000 more per year than a teacher starting out with a Bachelor’s degree. In the Racine school system, teachers with 5 or 10 years of experience could expect to earn close to $8,000 or $10,000 more, respectively, if they had a Master’s degree.
Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education.
Wisconsin residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.
Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree.
In 2007, Wisconsin ranked 26th in the country with an average teacher salary of $46,707. However, compensation for Wisconsin teaching jobs has continued to rise, with the average annual base salary for teachers in 2009 at $55,635. The annual salary range at this time was $39,580 – $79,160. Wisconsin increases teacher pay according to years of teaching experience and college degrees earned. Learn more about teacher salaries.
Retirement benefits for teachers in Wisconsin are handled by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). The ETF website provides detailed information on retirement benefits for education jobs.
Learn more about benefits for teachers.
Wisconsin teachers are required to obtain 6 professional development credits in order to renew their teaching licenses for 5 years. Courses for professional development credits are offered both online and at local colleges and universities. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website provides detailed information on the state professional development process.
For license renewal, teachers are required to create and fulfill Professional Development Plan (PDP) during each 5-year licensing period.
The Wisconsin State Government website includes an online job search tool, where users can search for Wisconsin by region and specific job type. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also maintains an online list of education jobs and teaching vacancies.
Learn more about finding a teaching job.