School of Education, Professional & Continuing Education
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.
Assessments required prior to application for student teaching:
Prior to enrolling in the student teaching/internship semester and in order to be recommended for licensure by the certification officer, candidates must provide:
- An official Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) score report documenting passing scores on Praxis Subject Assessment content tests in the appropriate certification area/discipline;
- An official Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (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);
- An official American Council Teaching of Foreign Languages 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).
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.