2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
May 22, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives L. Myers, Rohrkaste, Stubbs,
Ohnstad, Crowley and Subeck, cosponsored by Senators Kooyenga, L.
, Carpenter, Jacque, Feyen and Smith. Referred to Committee on
AB232,1,2 1An Act to amend 118.19 (3) (a) of the statutes; relating to: teacher preparatory
2programs and granting rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes the state superintendent of public instruction to approve
a teacher preparatory program if the program requires students to complete the
equivalent of the student teaching required under current law, as determined by the
state superintendent by rule. Under current law, the state superintendent may
approve a teacher preparatory program only if students in the program are required
to complete student teaching that consists of full days for a full semester at a
cooperating elementary or secondary school. Current law further specifies that the
hours, days, and semester of student teaching are determined based on the
cooperating school's schedule.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB232,1 3Section 1. 118.19 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB232,2,214 118.19 (3) (a) No license to teach in any public school may be issued unless the
5applicant possesses a bachelor's degree including such professional training as the
6department by rule requires, except as permitted under par. (b) and ss. 115.28 (17)

1(a), 118.191, 118.1915, 118.192, 118.193, 118.194, and 118.197. Notwithstanding s.
236.11 (16), no teacher preparatory program in this state may be approved by the state
3superintendent under s. 115.28 (7) (a), unless each student in the program is
4required to complete student teaching consisting of full days for a full semester
5following the daily schedule and semester calendar of the cooperating school or the
6equivalent, as determined by the state superintendent
. No license to teach in any
7public school may be granted to an applicant who completed a professional training
8program outside this state unless the applicant completed student teaching
9consisting of full days for a full semester following the daily schedule and semester
10calendar of the cooperating school or the equivalent, as determined by the state
11superintendent. The state superintendent may grant exceptions to the student
12teaching requirements under this paragraph when the midyear calendars of the
13institution offering the teacher preparatory program and the cooperating school
14differ from each other and would prevent students from attending classes at the
15institution in accordance with the institution's calendar. The state superintendent
16shall promulgate rules to implement this subsection. If for the purpose of granting
17a license to teach or for approving a teacher preparatory program the state
18superintendent requires that an institution of higher education be accredited, the
19state superintendent shall accept accreditation by a regional or national
20institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. department of education or
21by a programmatic accrediting organization.
AB232,2,2222 (End)