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After completing the five courses, the reading practicum, and successfully passing the Foundations of Reading Test, you may apply for your Wisconsin 316 reading teacher certification.
You may apply for licensure after you submit your Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) Score.
When you take the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT), remember to indicate the state (Wisconsin) and institution (UW-Stout), as recipients of your test score.
If you have taken the FORT at another university, email a PDF indicating your test score to Heather Klanderman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your FORT test score needs to be on file with the UW-Stout DPI Licensing Coordinator PRIOR to being certified for your #316 reading teacher license.
Applicants may apply for the license online upon successful completion of the program and after taking and passing the Foundations of Reading Test
The Practice Test website provides opportunities for students to become familiar with the item types that will appear on the assessment.
According to the Wisconsin State Statute ACT 166: SECTION 21. 118.19 (14) (a) any person applying for a teacher license “…to teach in grades kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher, or an initial license as a reading specialist…” are required to take and pass a Foundations of Reading Test.
Prior to applying for the license, students must demonstrate:
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will issue the reading teacher (316) license to applicants who can verify two years of teaching experience, hold a valid Wisconsin teaching license, and show proficiency in the teaching of reading based on work completed in UW-Stout’s reading courses and practicum.
If you have questions about the verification of your teaching experience, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Teacher Education, Licensing and Professional Development Team, email Educator Licensing at email@example.com or call 1-800-266-1027.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides directions and videos to assist with your application for an initial license for the #316, reading teacher.
Apply online at
All license are issued electronically.
For updates and additional information about the Educator Licensing Online system visit: http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo?rdt
If you have a question about the process, please contact Heather Klanderman, UW-Stout DPI Licensing Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (715) 232-4088
According to the WI DPI website:
Elementary Teachers Teaching in Elementary, Middle, or Junior High Schools
A reading teacher (316) license is required for the following assignments:
A reading teacher license is not required for the following assignments:
Information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.
PI 34 program completers (finishing certification program after 7/1/04) may apply for initial educator licenses any time after finishing the certification program.
This post-baccalaureate non-degree add-on certification has been approved in the State of Wisconsin.
If you wish to seek licensure or certification in another state, you will receive proof of the program completion including a photocopy of the program plan signed by the university School of Education Certification Officer.
You may submit your state certification application by mailing the form to:
UW-Stout DPI Licensing Coordinator
School of Education
415 10th Avenue E
267 Heritage Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
It is up to each individual state to determine whether there is full reciprocity or if there are any deficiencies for their respective state's licensure.
If I have a license in another state and completed two years of teaching in that state, then moved to Wisconsin, received a Wisconsin teaching license, but have been substitute teaching in Wisconsin, will my out of state teaching experience qualify for the Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher license requirement?
Individuals applying for an initial license as a reading teacher (316) must hold, or be eligible to hold, a Wisconsin teaching license and have two years of successful teaching experience. The license needs to be a regular teaching category – not substitute or emergency teaching license.
Out-of-state teaching experience (regular contract—not substitute teaching) must be documented with employment verification for the two years’ experience requirement.
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