UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Wyman Education Building 

Educator Preparation Program

Program Completion & Licensing

Program Completion

Please refer to the chart below to review the requirements of your program to be considered a "program completer" and eligible for an "institutional endorsement" for licensing.

Program Requirements for program completion and to be eligible for a "University Endorsement" for Licensing  

Undergraduate Teacher Certification

  • Art
  • Agricultural Education
  • Biology
  • Broad Field Social Studies
  • Broad Field Science
  • Chemistry
  • Elementary Education (EC, ECMC, MCEA)
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Health Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Physics
  • Awarded a Bachelor Degree and posted to official transcripts
  • No grade lower than a C in a content course unless previously approved by your department
  • No grade lower than a C in a teaching foundations course or methods course
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 (including transfer courses) on a 4.0 scale
  • Successfully completed student teaching with a grade of "S"
  • Demonstrated Content Knowledge as outlined here
  • Programs in EC, ECMC, MCEA Regular Education must have successfully passed the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test with a qualifying score of 240
  • Completed your Teacher Certification Portfolio
  • Successfully competed the edTPA with the following qualifying scores:
    • 38 for edTPA handbooks with 15 rubrics
    • 32 for edTPA handbooks with 13 rubrics
    • 45 for edTPA handbooks with 18 rubrics.
 
     

Post Bachelor Teacher Certification

  • ECMC Elementary Education
  • STEM Teach
  • Agricultural Education
  • TESOL
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Completed all content courses as identified by your content department with no grade lower than a C
  • EC -A, Speech and Language Pathology Teacher must have been awarded their Masters Degree and have it posted on official transcripts
  • Completed all Teaching Foundations and Methods courses with no grade lower than a C
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Successfully completed Student Teaching with a grade of "S"
  • Demonstrated Content Knowledge as outlined here
  • ECMC, regular education  must successfully complete the Wisconsin Foundation of Reading Test with a qualifying score of 240
  • Completed your Teacher Certification Portfolio
  • Completed[ the edTPA:
    • 38 for edTPA handbooks with 15 rubrics
    • 32 for edTPA handbooks with 13 rubrics
    • 45 for edTPA handbooks with 18 rubrics.
 

Pupil Services Programs

  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Awarded advanced degree per program requirements and posted to official transcripts
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate's graduate program.
  • Demonstrated Content Knowledge as outlined here.
  • Successfully competed pupil services portfolio
 

Administration Programs

  • Principal
  • Reading Specialist
  • Director of Instruction
  • Holds or is eligible to hold a tier II, III, IV license in in K - grade 12 or has completed a program which leads to a license to teach in K - grade 12.
  • Holds or is eligible to hold a Tier II, III, or IV license as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker or has completed an approved program which leads to one of these licenses.
  • Awarded an advanced degree per program requirements and posted to official transcripts
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate's graduate program.
  • Demonstrated Content Knowledge as outlined here.
  • Successfully competed portfolio
  • EC-A, Reading Specialists must complete the Wisconsin Foundations of Teacher Reading Test for an initial administrator license.
  • Completed six semesters of successful classroom experience teaching in any grade
  • The applicant has 6 semesters of successful experience as a school counselor, school psychologist, or a school social worker, and the applicant has at least 540 hours of successful classroom teaching experience.
 

Supplemental Licenses

  • Athletic Coaching
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Reading Teacher
  • Holds a Tier II, III, or IV teacher license
  • Completed all coursework required for the license area
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidates content area.
  • Successfully completed a certification portfolio
  • EC - A, Adaptive Physical Education candidates are required to hold a Physical Education Teaching license
  • EC-A, Reading Teachers who do not hold a WI teaching life license must complete the Wisconsin Foundations of Teacher Reading Test with a qualifying score of 240
  • EC-A, Reading Teachers are required to have completed two years of regular classroom teaching experience
 

Undergraduate Post Bachelor Degree Initial Licensing Programs

  • Art
  • Agricultural Educatioin
  • Broad Field Social Studies
  • English
  • Health
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Completed all requriments as outlined in the students Memo of Understanding.
  • No grade lower than a C in a content course unless previously approved by your department
  • No grade lower than a C in a teaching foundations course or methods course
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 (including transfer courses) on a 4.0 scale
  • Successfully completed student teaching with a grade of "S"
  • Demonstrated Content Knowledge as outlined here
  • Completed your Teacher Certification Portfolio
  • Successfully competed the edTPA with the following qualifying scores:
    • 38 for edTPA handbooks with 15 rubrics
    • 32 for edTPA handbooks with 13 rubrics
    • 45 for edTPA handbooks with 18 rubrics.
 

 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction no longer accepts paper applications for Wisconsin Educator Licenses.

Educators apply for Wisconsin Initial Licenses and Renewal Licenses in teaching, pupil services, administrator, and other license categories using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. ELO allows educators to provide the information, supporting materials, and payment needed for DPI to process their license applications. The system streamlines the application process and allows the applicant to manage their own licensing information, including printing a copy of their license certificate and renewing their licenses when applicable.

elo-250w_0Educator Licensing Online - (ELO) System.  https://elo.wieducatorlicensing.org/

  • If you completed your Wisconsin preparation program  before 9/1/2004, please follow the directions at http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/elo-1031-tips.
  • If you completed your program between 9/1/2004 and  12/31/2013. Please complete the form at the bottom of the page to request your information be submitted to DPI.

General Information

Carefully read all directions for the specific state and license you are applying for before beginning the application process.  If you have questions about completing the application please contact the college's Certification Officer,  Mr. Michael Martin


Wisconsin

Please Review all Directions Carefully Before Beginning Your License Application.

Before you begin your license application, The UWRF College of Education and Professional Studies is required to submit your license information to the Wisconsin Department of Pubic Instruction (DPI).  If you are a current student this will be competed once you finish all requirements in your program.  Students who completed their program(s) before 12/31/2013, will need to complete the form at the bottom of this page to request UW River Falls review and submit your license information to the Wisconsin  Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system.  Please follow the following steps when applying for any type of license in ELO:

  1. Create a WAMS account (Wisconsin Access Management System) - https://on.wisconsin.gov/WAMS/FAQ
  2. If you have ever applied for and/or been issued a license by DPI, successfully "onboard" into the ELO system by connecting your WAMS account to an existing account - Onboarding Instructions     YouTube Onboarding Video
  3. Determine whether you need to get fingerprinted. - http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/backgroundchecks/completing-the-fingerprint-requirement
    Fingerprinting Decision Making Tree 
  4. Preview the Conduct and Competency questions you will be answering in ELO - http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/tepdl/pdf/Preview_CC_01172014.pdf
    IF there is some type of misconduct that needs to be reported, prepare and attach a written explanation of what happened. You must also provide complete electronic (scanned) copies of documents associated with the matter that can corroborate / illuminate your explanation of the incident. These may include the criminal complaint, judgment of conviction, police reports, disciplinary letters/findings, correspondence, etc., as applicable.  (Note: Court history information printed from the CCAP web site is NOT sufficient.)
  5. Have your credit card ready
  6. Log in to ELO System to apply

License Types/Levels

Initial License requests
First time teachers, adding a new field of teaching, principals, school psychologists, school counselors, and speech and language pathologist.

Other Licensing Related Links

 

If you completed your program between 9/1/2004 and  12/31/2013. Please complete this form to request your information be submitted to DPI.

If you have a previous name please enter the most current one.
  mm/dd/yyyy
 

Minnesota

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Main Line: 651.539.4200 
Main email: pelsb@state.mn.us 
Website: https://mn.gov/pelsb

 

Tiered Licensure

Paper Applications

Within the applications, please note guides to identify which tier matches your qualifications and experiences.  Please follow instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete, which is required for processing. 

Online Licensing System for NEW Licenses for: 

  • Substitutes
  • Administrator licenses 

*Create a Google Account if you do not already have one.  Note: Do not sign into the Online Licensing System if you currently hold a Minnesota educator license and/or a current or expired short-call substitute or limited license and want to add a licensure field. Instead, complete either a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Application or a Tier 3 and Tier 4 application.

Licensure Requirements 

Guides to Understanding Tiered Licensure 

Paper Applications

Within the applications, please note guides to identify which tier matches your qualifications and experiences.  Please follow instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete, which is required for processing. 

 

Online Licensing System for NEW Licenses for: 

  • Substitutes
  • Administrator licenses 

*Create a Google Account if you do not already have one.  Note: Do not sign into the Online Licensing System if you currently hold a Minnesota educator license and/or a current or expired short-call substitute or limited license and want to add a licensure field. Instead, complete either a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Application or a Tier 3 and Tier 4 application.

Licensure Requirements 

 

Guides to Understanding Tiered Licensure 


Main Line: 651.539.4200 
Main email: pelsb@state.mn.us 
Website: https://mn.gov/pelsb

Other States

As a service to our alumni the Educator Preparation Program will try to link to the teacher certification requirements for the 50 States.
States are continually revising their teacher certification/licensure rules and requirements. So please always check with the specific states licensing agency for information about their licensing requirements. 


Alabama

Illinois

Montana

Rhode Island

Alaska

Indiana

Nebraska

South Carolina

Arizona

Iowa

Nevada

South Dakota

Arkansas

Kansas

New Hampshire

Tennessee

California

Kentucky

New Jersey

Texas

Colorado

Louisiana

New Mexico

Utah

Connecticut

Maine

New York

Vermont

Delaware

Maryland

North Carolina

Virginia

D.C.

Massachusetts

North Dakota

Washington

Florida

Michigan

Ohio

West Virginia

Georgia

Minnesota

Oklahoma

Wisconsin

Hawaii

Mississippi

Oregon

Wyoming

Idaho

Missouri

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

 

Reciprocity

Certification reciprocity facilitates movement, but you still must meet the receiving state’s certification requirements. See the National Association of State Directors Teacher Education and Certification for information on certification reciprocity

This page is intended to help you find information on states of your choice. We are not responsible for the content beyond this page. Please do not contact the UWRF College of Education and Professional Studies with questions about the certification requirements for a specific state. Instead, please refer to the contact information contained in the links for the individual states.

 

UW River Falls, Teacher Certification Officer:

Michael Martin M.S.
Sr. Student Services Coordinator / Certification Officer
Uniiveristy of Wisconsin River Falls, College of Education and Professional Studies
410 South 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022
michael.martin@uwrf.edu
Phone: (715) 425-3774
Fax: (715) 425-0622

Contact Us

Education Preparation Program
203 Wyman Education Building
michael.martin@uwrf.edu
Phone: 715-425-3774
Fax: 715-425-0622
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