2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 30, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kitchens, Bowen,
Horlacher, Kooyenga, Kremer, Murphy, Ripp, Tittl, Tusler and Spreitzer,
cosponsored by Senators Olsen, L. Taylor, Darling and Feyen. Referred to
Committee on Education.
1An Act to amend
118.194 (1) (b) and 118.194 (2) of the statutes; relating to:
2an initial teaching license based on completion of a Montessori teacher
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill expands the teacher education programs that satisfy a requirement for
obtaining an initial teaching license under the alternative teacher licensure path
described below to include teacher education programs approved by the Association
Under current law, the Department of Public Instruction must issue an initial
license to teach to an individual who satisfies the following requirements:
1. The individual has a bachelor's degree.
2. The individual successfully completed a teacher education program
accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.
3. The individual successfully completed a three-credit introductory course in
4. The individual received a passing score on any standardized examination
DPI requires to obtain an equivalent license under the traditional licensing path and
the Foundations of Reading test.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
118.194 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Successfully completed a teacher education program accredited 3
by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education or approved by the
4Association Montessori Internationale
118.194 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
A license under sub. (1) authorizes an individual to teach the 7
educational levels for which the individual has successfully completed a teacher 8
education program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher
9Education described in sub. (1) (b)
at a school that uses the Montessori method as its 10
primary method of instruction. The department shall treat an initial license to teach 11
granted under sub. (1) in the same manner the state superintendent treats an initial 12
license to teach granted in accordance with s. 118.19.