Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Education

Post baccalaureate certification is intended to meet the licensing needs for individuals in the following circumstances:

  1. Already degreed from an accredited institution but with no teacher education preparation.
  2. Already degreed with teacher education from an accredited institution with no state approved certification program.
  3. Already licensed, but seeking additional licensure areas.
  4. Provisionally licensed, but seeking avenues to address deficiencies for a regular license.

We welcome your interest in pursuing post-baccalaureate WI state certification through our institution.

It is important to note that we treat each applicant as an individual which means we do not have just one set of requirements in a "one-size-fits-all" program. Even though similar course requirements may be in common, specific requirements within the professional development and portfolio experience should reflect the unique deficiencies that must be met.

Frequently Asked Questions About Post-Baccalaureate Certification:

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  1. What do I need to do first?

    • Licensure Area Test Code Qualifying Score
      Early Childhood 10014 147
      Early Childhood/Middle Childhood 10014 147
      Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 20146 146
      Art 10133 155
      Broadfield Language Arts
      English Literature Composition
      10041 160
      German 20181 153
      Mathematics 10061 135
      Broadfield Social Studies
      Political Science
      10081 153
      Broadfield Science
      10435 154
      Spanish 10191 158
      Theater 10640 600


  2. How many credits does it take?

    For most individuals this has been from 6 - 18 credits, unless they have had no teacher education courses previously.

  3. What is the cost?

    Cost is per credit. Please contact the Business Office at 414-443-8844 for summer session and/or semester per credit rates.

  4. Is there financial aid available?

    Not in most cases; however, contact Linda Loeffel at 414-443-8842 if you have special circumstances.

  5. How long do I have to complete the program?

    Five years from the point of official review.

  6. When are the courses offered?

    • Many of the courses offered during summer sessions meet certification requirements.

    • Occasionally, some of the certification courses are offered during the regular semester in the evening.

  7. Can I take these certification courses to meet deficiencies at other institutions on a special student basis?

    • No, typically a post-baccalaureate student is already "transferring" at least 120 credits of previous coursework.

    • It is important for the certifying institution to know the candidate as a student and teacher prior to certification.

  8. Are these certification course offered online?

    Not at the present time.

  9. If I have recently graduated from a state approved institution located in another state, how do I obtain state certification in Wisconsin?

    Contact the Department of Public Instruction at 608-266-1027.