Out-of-State Licensure

If you are interested in also becoming licensed in another state, you will need to check the requirements for that state as each state is a bit different. Here is some information about licensure in states surrounding Minnesota.

A Minnesota license meets the requirements to apply for an Illinois provisional license, which can be used until you get a permanent Illinois license.

Licensure Application

To begin the application: 

  1. Find the Regional Office of Education (PDF) that applies to your situation. You will need to apply through the Regional Education Office nearest to your Illinois address or your parent’s Illinois address. This is also the office you will contact if you have any questions about the application process.
  2. After you find your Regional Office, review the out-of-state and foreign applicant information section on the Illinois State Board of Education website.
  3. Find the licensure you want to obtain and follow the instructions to apply. You will need to complete the forms and mail the state-approved verification form to the WSU Certification Officer (Paula O’Malley, Gild 105). According to a representative at the IL State Board of Education, you can apply for this license without including a copy of your out of state license (MN).

The instructions are also available in a printable format for your convenience: Illinois Licensure Information (PDF).

Students should obtain a Minnesota license first as the WSU Teacher Preparation Programs cover many of the standards for Iowa teacher licensure. However, WSU cannot guarantee that all Iowa standards will be met. If there are any coursework deficiencies, a regional exchange license can be issued.

Additional Requirements

Students must also pass the Praxis II exams in order to get provisional and permanent licensure. Candidates will be required to take two tests, the ETS Principles of Learning and Teaching pedagogy test and a content area test.

There are four grade level versions of the ETS Principles of Learning and Teaching test and candidates will choose the grade level most appropriate for their preparation level. Candidates will choose a content test according to their major content area of preparation for licensure. Candidates adding endorsements will not be tested on additional endorsements.

No candidates are required to take more than two tests, though they may have additional endorsements. This means that, for instance, an elementary education major adding a special education endorsement will take the appropriate PLT pedagogy assessment and the 0014/5014 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge assessment. This candidate will not take a test in special education content.

For a list of the required assessments and passing scores, go to the Practitioner Preparation section of the Iowa Department of Education website.

Licensure Application

To apply for an Iowa license, complete the Out-of State Application packet (PDF).

Note: Do not send the WSU Certification Officer the pages with the Teaching endorsement codes (we already have these documents).

The instructions are also available in a printable format for your convenience: Iowa Licensure Information (PDF).

Wisconsin Licensing Application Directions

Contact the WI DPI for questions.

WSU Certification officer prepared these directions in accordance with the WI DPI web site as of 4-29-2020. Teacher Preparation Completers who meet the MN Tier 3 Teaching license requirements are eligible for a WSU recommendation for a WI Teaching license.

During Covid-19 WSU can also recommend candidates who completed the teacher prep program during this crisis and were unable to pass the MTLE exams. This option may not apply to previous graduates as they had ample time to complete the MTLE exams. If candidates are unable to schedule a fingerprint appointment during this time, the WI DPI will keep your application open while you obtain the statutory required fingerprints. They will be monitoring the situation and updating their policies throughout and after the public health emergency. For the most up to date information check out the Wisconsin licensing website

Start at the main page.

1.Schedule an appointment for electronic fingerprints then follow step #2 and schedule an appointment for electronic fingerprints (skip the determine if you need fingerprinting; all first-time applicants need fingerprinting).

Go back to main page.

2.Gather Documents: Plan to Scan all documentation into files (.pdf, .doc/docx, .jpg/jpeg, or .txt) that are 2MB or less in size; DPI licensure decisions are based on the documentation you provide with your application. Therefore, it is best to include as many documents listed above as possible.

A. Preview the ELO Conduct & Competency Questions to see if you will need to provide documentation of any alleged misconduct.

B. PI-1612-Institutional Endorsement-T – right click to open, determine it is safe to open and enable content; type in your information and save to laptop; Email this to Pomalley@winona.edu to request your institutional endorsement. This form can only be endorsed by WSU if teacher candidate meets all requirements of MN Tier 3 license including passing all MTLE required exams with official scores reported.

During Covid-19 WSU can also recommend candidates who completed the teacher prep program during this crisis and were unable to pass the MTLE exams. This option may not apply to previous graduates as they had ample time to complete the MTLE exams.

C. Bachelor’s degree verification; follow the procedures listed under transcripts; Remember if you are a new graduate your degree will not be posted on your transcript for 2-3 weeks after date of graduation. You will receive an email from WSU when your degree is issued on your transcript. Any additional college transcripts where credit and or degree was earned

D. Review the testing and out of state pathway. Note: Not all tests are required. In some cases, it may be possible to obtain a Wisconsin license even if you have not completed all Wisconsin testing requirements at the time of application. If this applies to you, please upload a written statement identifying the testing requirement(s) you have not met. When we review your application, we will determine what license you are entitled to without those tests.

During COVID crisis candidates can also add to this letter reasoning about not meeting MTLE tests or fingerprinting due to closed sites.

3. Log in to Educator Licensing Online (ELO) with your WAMS ID

  • Within ELO, make sure you have answered the three onboarding questions.
  • Select “Out of State Program [1025]” application under “Apply for a new license” on the Quick Start Menu, and click on “Go”.
  • Complete each page of the application as instructed. Review your Application Summary and edit information if necessary OR click the “SUBMIT” button to submit your application.

Select Teacher: Request New Educator License – Out of State Program (1025)

4. Receive Email Confirmation

5. Complete Application on ELO

  • Click the GO! button next to “Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application.”
  • Complete the Conduct and Competency Questionnaire (14 questions).
  • Pay with a credit card or pre-paid card. For fee amounts and additional payment information please see License Application Fees.

Processing Times: Our processing times vary throughout the year. For current processing times see Check Application Status.

Submit questions and comments about this information to the Licensing Online Help desk.

Note: WSU is the teacher preparation program and adheres to the MN License requirements. The State Department of licensing in any given state is the authorized licensing agency. WSU is not liable for licensure requirements and/or changes in other states. These directions are based on a 1 or 3 year WI license.

WSU teaching graduates should also obtain their MN license with their WI license to be eligible for the WI reciprocity license after one year of teaching experience while holding both the MN and WI license.

If graduates are unable to obtain the one year of teaching experience, they can gain WI license after the one year by meeting all testing and other WI. requirements. Candidates should always gain information directly from WI DPI as this is our interpretation; however, we are not the authorized body to grant the WI license.