DPI Required Tests for Early Childhood and Special Education Certification

In order to obtain a teaching license in Special Education, Wisconsin DPI requires proficiency in basic skills,  content knowledge, and teaching performance. Please review each area below to understand how proficiency can be met:

Basic Skills - Proficiency  in reading, writing, and math is demonstrated by either:

  • A 2.5 GPA or higher on your bachelor's degree; or
  • An average grade of  C or better in math and writing courses 

Content Knowledge - Students must demonstrate proficiency in content knowledge related to their certification area(s). Proficiency can be demonstrated by either:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher in language arts, math, science, and social studies courses as demonstrated on official transcripts (courses not related to these subject areas will not be considered); or
  • Praxis II - Passing scores as established by the State Superintendent on content knowledge exams for certification in Early Childhood or Cross Categorical Special Education.

edTPA -  Teacher Performance Assessment is completed during the student teaching semester.  For more information on the edTPA test preparation click here.

Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) - Students must provide evidence of a passing score on the FORT. It is recommended that this test be taken after Session 4 of the program (during semester II).  

If the student already holds a Wisconsin Teaching License,  they are exempt from the Basic Skills tests and the edTPA.  If a student holds a Wisconsin Lifetime License, they are also not required to take the FORT.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you register for these tests, please include eduCATE-WI as a recipient of your test scores. The institution number for eduCATE-WI is #1390.

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