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Clarification on teaching article

December 6, 2012

In last week’s story entitled “Education majors deal with state licensing,” it incorrectly alluded to UW-River Falls providing its graduates with teaching licenses.

In reality, UWRF prepares teachers for licensing exams, which can be applied to Wisconsin, Minnesota and to states throughout the country.

Larry Solberg, the dean of College of Education and Professional Studies, said that:
“Our Teacher Education programs prepare students to be eligible for initial licensure. Because our programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, those students who successfully complete our teacher education programs are eligible for a Wisconsin initial teaching license without doing anything additionally.
Those students who seek an initial teaching license in any other state, including Minnesota, must meet that state’s requirements. This includes additional tests in the state of Minnesota.”

UWRF does not actually grant a teaching license. Rather, the certification officer verifies to the teacher licensing body in the state in which a graduate is seeking a teaching license that the graduate has successfully completed the requirements to be licensed as a teacher in Wisconsin.