Applying for Licensure

Students wishing to apply for a teaching or administrative license should apply online.

Applying for Licensure

After November 30, 2013, candidates will be required to apply for a teacher or administrator license online through the Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Educator Licensing Online Process.

Cardinal Stritch University will submit information on eligible candidates to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Cardinal Stritch University is required to submit this information before candidates can apply.

If you are ready to apply for your license, and finished your program after November 30, 2013, contact your program advisor to make sure your eligibility information has been submitted to DPI.

If you finished a certification program at Cardinal Stritch University prior to November 30, 2013 and would like to apply for a license online, please contact Nate Karst, Certification Officer, at (414) 410-4331. 

To apply online or for more information on the application process, click here.

License Renewals: According to DPI, teacher and administrator license renewals can be completed online beginning in March 2014. Information on renewing a license can be found here.

Foundations of Reading Test

Beginning on January 31, 2014, teacher candidates in Wisconsin applying for an initial license in elementary regular education, special education, 316 reading, and 17 reading, will be required to take and pass the “Foundations of Reading Test.” The Foundations of Reading Test assesses reading instruction knowledge and skills and is administered by the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. This requirement is based on a candidate’s initial license application date and not the program completion date. Below are the Wisconsin licenses that require passing this test:

  • Early Childhood – Regular Education (70–777)
  • Early Childhood – Special Education (70–809)
  • Early Childhood – Middle Childhood (71–777)
  • Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (72–777)
  • Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence Cross Categorical (72–801)
  • Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence Specific Learning Disabilities (72–811)
  • Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence Emotional Behavioral Disabilities (72–830)
  • Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence Cognitive Disabilities (72–810)
  • Early Adolescence – Adolescence Cross Categorical (73–801)
  • Early Adolescence – Adolescence Specific Learning Disabilities (73–811)
  • Early Adolescence – Adolescence Emotional Behavioral Disabilities (73–830)
  • Early Adolescence – Adolescence Cognitive Disabilities (73–810)
  • Reading Teacher (316)
  • Reading Specialist (17)

Wisconsin Website for the Foundations of Reading Test: 

The website includes all the practice testing materials, registration information, and policies needed to understand the Foundations of Reading Test.

Teacher candidates must submit a passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test in order to qualify for student teaching/practicum. Due dates (prior to student teaching/practicum) will be established by each COEL program affected by the test requirement. Reading Specialist (17 licensure) candidates must submit a passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test in order to qualify for certification.