Post-baccalaureate Seeking an Initial Teaching License

Have you already completed a Bachelor's degree, and are interested in earning an initial teaching license? If so, we have options to help you achieve this. Most students pursue additional coursework at the undergraduate level in order to complete a second Bachelor's degree in education and/or teacher licensure. Please understand that you may not earn multiple Bachelor's degrees with the same major. For example, if you previously earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish, then you may not earn a second Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) in Spanish. However, you may complete the necessary requirements in order to be endorsed for a teaching license in Spanish.

There may also be an option to pursue initial teacher licensure at the graduate level. For more information, please reference our graduate program information. Please note that if you have a Bachelor's degree and are seeking an initial teaching license in Special Education, you must pursue the Master's program.

To get started at the undergraduate level, please review the following information

  • To become certified/licensed to teach after already obtaining a Bachelor's degree, you must satisfy specific major and licensure requirements, as well as PI-34 general education licensure requirements per the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Previous coursework can be used to satisfy PI-34 requirements if you completed courses that meet those criteria. Any missing requirements must be completed to obtain licensure.

Next Steps

  • Contact the designated Licensure Program Coordinator for your desired program and license. Be sure to provide transcripts of ALL previously completed coursework. The Licensure Program Coordinator will review and decide how your previous coursework can be applied to teacher licensure and program requirements, and will develop a plan for you.

  • Apply for admission to the University. As a student returning for a second Bachelor's degree and/or teacher licensure, you will be classified as a "Special Full Credential" post-baccalaureate. You may declare which program and license you wish to pursue on the Admissions application. To be admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript demonstrating your previous Bachelor's degree. 

Additional Resources

  • The Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators test (which replaced the PPST/ Praxis I test September 1, 2014) consists of three high school content areas: Reading, Writing, and Math. To learn more about the test, register, and prepare, please reference the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

    • *If students took and passed the PPST (Praxis I) prior to September 1, 2014, those scores do not expire, and a combination of PPST (Praxis I) and Praxis CORE subtests (i.e. Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) with passing scores may be used.