The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is specific in its requirements about the content of both general education and professional education. DPI requires teacher education candidates to complete a variety of benchmark assessments (tests) detailed below. The WI State Superintendent of Public Instruction determines passing scores. Therefore, prospective teacher education candidates should work closely with an advisor from the outset of their studies at the university. Completion of DPI requirements for licensure may take longer than four academic years. 

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Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)

  • An official FoRT score report documenting a passing score of at least 240 (required only for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, and Special Education candidates);
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Content Knowledge: Teacher candidates must have demonstrated content knowledge prior to the student teaching semester using one of the following options:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher in all certified content subject areas.  For EC-A and EA-A programs, this will be determined by the major/minor GPA.  For EC-MC and MC-EA programs, teacher candidates must have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher separately in each content subject area (Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science) based on specified content classes in each area.  A 3.0 GPA or higher must also be earned in certified minors.

    OR 

EC-MC Content Subject Courses – Must earn GPA ≥ 3.0 in each category

LITERACY (7 courses)

MATH (3 courses)

SCIENCE (3 courses)

SOCIAL STUDIES (4 courses)

GE Literacy (GE01): 

ENG 110

CST 110

GE Math/Logical Systems (GE02):

MTH 135

MTH 136

GE Natural Science (GE05):
one of the following courses:

BIO 100/BIO 105/
MIC 100

GE International Studies (GE04):

one of the following courses:

HIS 101/HIS 102

GE Humanistic Studies (Literature – GE07):  
one of the following courses:

ENG 200/ENG 201/
ENG 202/ENG 203/
ENG 204/ENG 205/
ENG 206/
MLG 299/GER 399/
CHI 305/RUS 305

 

GE Physical Science (GE05):
one of the following courses:

CHM 100/CHM 103/
ESC 101/
PHY 106/PHY 155/
PHY 103/PHY 203

Statutory requirement:

GEO 200

Content Literacy:

EDS 308

EDS 318

EDS 418

ECE 440

Content Math:

EDS 422

Content Science:

EDS 421

Program requirement:
PSY 370

Content Social Studies:

EDS 413

 

MC-EA Content Subject Courses – Must earn GPA ≥ 3.0 in each category

LITERACY (6 courses)

MATH (3 courses)

SCIENCE (3 courses)

SOCIAL STUDIES (5 courses)

GE Literacy (GE01):

ENG 110

CST 110

GE Math/Logical Systems (GE02):

MTH 135

MTH 136

GE Natural Science (GE05):
one of the following courses:

BIO 100/BIO 105/
MIC 100

GE International Studies (GE04):

one of the following courses:

HIS 101/HIS 102

GE Humanistic Studies (Literature – GE07):  
one of the following courses:

ENG 200/ENG 201/
ENG 202/ENG 203/
ENG 204/ENG 205/
ENG 206/
MLG 299/GER 399/
CHI 305/RUS 305

 

GE Physical Science (GE05):
one of the following courses:

CHM 100/CHM 103/
ESC 101/
PHY 106/PHY 155/
PHY 103/PHY 203

Statutory requirement:

GEO 200

 

 

Program requirement:
PSY 212

PSY 370

Content Literacy:

EDS 308

EDS 318

EDS 418

Content Math:

EDS 422

Content Science:

EDS 421

Content Social Studies:

EDS 413

 

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American Council Teaching of Foreign Languates (ACTFUL)

  • An official ACTFUL score report demonstrating oral and written proficiency with a rating of "Intermediate High" in French, German, and/or Spanish (required only for French education, German education or Spanish education candidates)
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edTPA is an teacher candidate assessment method used to determine if a new teacher is "ready for the job." It is a process completed during pre-service experience by the teacher candidate with the guidance of their university supervisor. A review of the teacher candidates' authentic teaching material is done at the completion of the teaching and learning process. This edTPA assessment documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

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To schedule a date and time to take any of these testing requirements please visit: https://www.uwlax.edu/counseling-testing/testing/uwl-testing-center/