Teaching Degrees in Wisconsin

If you are seeking a teaching degree in Wisconsin, you should be aware of some important information, such as:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Wisconsin teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Wisconsin.

Teaching Degrees in Wisconsin

There are nine accredited college and university teaching degree programs in Wisconsin.
The starting salary for a Wisconsin teacher is 32,643; the average salary is $52,031. Approximately 49 percent of Wisconsin teachers have master’s degree and earn roughly $5,990 more per year than their bachelor-level counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Wisconsin

There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help with the cost of earning a teaching degree in Wisconsin. Some examples are:

Alice Duren Early Childhood Education Scholarship
Applicants for this award must be a full-time PK-3 major in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and have been accepted into Admission I of the Professional Education Program.

The Andrews Family Outstanding SCEC Service Award
This annual award is for students pursuing a Special Education degree at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and who are active participants in the Outstanding Student Council for Exceptional Children.

Wisconsin Education Foundation Scholarships
This program offers awards of $1,450 per year for four years of college or university study to high school seniors whose parent is an active Wisconsin Education Association (WEAC) member, an active retired member, or a parent who died while holding a WEAC membership. Students must pursue an education major or minor and agree to teach in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Minority Teacher Loan
This program provides loans of up to $2,500 annually with a maximum of $5,000 to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a teaching degree in Wisconsin. Applicants must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and loan forgiveness is available.

Wisconsin Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan
This award grants forgivable loans of up to $10,000 per year, to a maximum of $40,000, to Wisconsin resident undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a teacher education program for teaching visually impaired students in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan or Minnesota.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
This is a portal page with a complete scholarship list of scholarships offered by The College of Education.

Wisconsin Teacher Certification

To obtain a teaching degree in Wisconsin, the prospective educator must complete at minimum a bachelor’s degree level program. Other certification requirements include:

  • Complete an approved and accredited teacher preparation program with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Undergo criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Successful completion of the PPTS and Praxis II competency exams
  • Coursework in the study of Wisconsin Indian tribes and environmental education either before licensure or during the initial five-year licensure period.
  • Coursework in phonics for early childhood and special education majors

Wisconsin teaching certificates are valid for five years. Renewing a license depends on the type of license you hold, but in general, require a verified professional development program, or six credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) cannot be used in place of college semester credits. Wisconsin offers many choices for alternative routes to certification in critical need subject areas for applicants who already possess a bachelor’s degree which is not in education.

Important Note: Wisconsin accepts teaching credentials from out-of-state institutions that have equally stringent standards to the Wisconsin requirements.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Wisconsin

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Wisconsin and maintaining this status.

Wisconsin Education Association Council
The Wisconsin Education Association Council advocates for professional educators and students across the state.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is a good source of information about the current labor climate and workforce trends across the state.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
This is the website of the state DPI, which has extensive information regarding the acquisition of a license including alternate routes and renewal policies and procedures.

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