Procedures for a New Certificate
The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education admission and program completion process for individuals who currently hold a valid Wisconsin teaching license and are seeking a new field of licensure. If you have any questions or require additional information after reading these guidelines, please contact the Education Program office (Wood Hall 430) at 920-465-2137.
PI 34 – Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative
The teacher education process, license requirements and professional development for Wisconsin educators are based on the ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards and requires demonstrated knowledge, skills and dispositions for teaching. Eligibility for licensing is based on an educator’s performance as measured against these standards.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has approved a variety of license programs offered at UW-Green Bay. Call or stop by the Education Program office for more information (920-465-2137, Wood Hall 430).
Teaching licenses in Wisconsin are now based on age groups. The licenses available at UW-Green Bay along with approved majors and minors are listed below and are also available in the form of program planning sheets available in the Education Program office or on the Program's website.
- Early Childhood (Ages Birth-8) – requires an Education major with a Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten emphasis
- Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Ages 6-12/13) – requires an Education major with a minor in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, Environmental Science, French, Geography, German, History, Humanistic Studies w/Linguistics/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) emphasis, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre
- Supplementary licenses at this age level are also available for French, German, Spanish and Humanistic Studies w/ Linguistics/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) emphasis
- Early Adolescence through Adolescence (Ages 10-21) – requires an Education minor with a major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology
- Licenses in Broad Field Language Arts, Science and Social Studies are also available at this age level
- Early Childhood through Adolescence (All Ages) – requires an Education minor with a major in one of the following: Art, Humanistic Studies w/Linguistics/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) emphasis, French, German, Music, Spanish, Theatre
- Contact the Education Program Office. Contact the Education program's admissions advisor to discuss your specific needs (920-465-2137). We can send you printed information about license requirements and information about program admission procedures.
- Apply for admission to UW-Green Bay. You must be admitted to the University to enroll in courses and to be considered for admission to the Professional Program in Education. Application forms and information about the admission process can be obtained in the Office of Admissions.
- Apply for admission to the Professional Program in Education. Application forms are available in Wood Hall 416 or download here (PDF). It is necessary to provide a copy of all college and university transcripts and your current teaching license(s) to the Education Program Office.
Schedule Advising Session
Upon admission to the Education Program, schedule an appointment with the Program's admissions advisor (920-465-2137). The advisor will meet with you to clarify program requirements. An official licensure plan will be prepared for you after you meet with the advisor. Until you have an approved, official licensure plan, you are not considered to be pursuing a valid licensure plan.
At a minimum, you will be required to complete the following UW-Green Bay courses:
- Major and/or minor course requirements for the license you are seeking
- Education methods course(s) appropriate to the license area
- Education student teaching course or comparable, approved experience appropriate to the license area
Completion of License Requirements
To obtain your new teaching license, you must successfully complete all of the following requirements. Specific requirements for your chosen license will be listed in the official licensure plan drafted by the program's admissions advisor.
Major or Minor
Depending upon the license you are seeking, you will be required to document that you have completed either the Education major and/or a major or minor outside the field of Education with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or better. The program’s admissions advisor will provide you with complete information about your specific license requirements.
This is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teacher licensing requirement. The PRAXIS II assesses your knowledge in the specific content area(s) in which you are being licensed. You must receive a passing score on this test before you will be eligible to apply for a license. Registration information and materials are available in the Education Office in Wood Hall 416 or online at www.ets.org/praxis/. The UWGB Score Recipient Code # is 1859.
Licensed teachers seeking a new license are required to complete at least a four and one-half week (3 credits) teaching assignment at the grade level and in the subject area for which they are seeking a license. The program’s admissions advisor will provide you with specific information about what you need to do to meet this requirement.
Wisconsin Teacher Standards Portfolio
You will be required to complete and have approved an electronic portfolio based upon the ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards and the UW-Green Bay framework of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that has been developed for each license. The portfolio will contain the documentation that you meet the ten standards. Carefully chosen artifacts and reflections will help demonstrate your competency in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for your new teaching license.
The program’s admissions advisor can provide you with information about the portfolio requirement. When your portfolio is complete, you can request a formal review. There is an evaluation fee of $250 for each review. Please allow up to 30 days for the
Apply for your Wisconsin Teaching License
The final step of the process is to apply for your Wisconsin teaching license. This will involve a complete review of your education program file, university transcripts and portfolio by the Program’s Certification Officer to verify that all licensure requirements have been met.