Steps You Can Take

  • Prepare to take the CS Praxis exam.  This path to CS licensure requires existing licensure in another core content area before registering for the exam.  The exam was redesigned for 2018 and includes similar content to that found in AP CSP, AP CSA and Data Structures.

  • Complete CS certification through Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC).  This proficiency based program provides both online and on site options to learn required content and includes completion of a Teaching Methods in Computer Science course.  MTEC coaches educators via the on-the-job application of content knowledge and pedagogy. Those completing this program do not take the CS Praxis exam.

  • Complete CS certification through a DPI approved post-secondary education provider (content to be provided by the Higher Education Regional Alliance at a later date).  

  • Pursue a “district endorsed” certification pathway. Any secondary teacher can teach “CS coursework” on an emergency license for up to 3 years. The district provides them with the supports they need to be successful and can then approve their application for state licensure without any additional testing and/or program participation.  Passing the CS Praxis exam is still desirable to ensure the license is fully portable.

  • Pursue an “experienced based pathway to licensure”:  Districts can hire industry professionals who would like to teach on a part/full time basis through the experience-based licensure pathway.  However, unlike engineering or other technical education subjects, the state requires those who wish to teach CS be licensed in another content area before pursuing their CS license.  Please refer to MTEC and/or CESA1 for teacher licensing support.