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Alternative Careers in Teaching

The Alternative Careers in Teaching Program (ACT) is an individually tailored pathway to the initial teaching license in Wisconsin. ACT is tailored to adult learners with a bachelor’s degree or higher seeking careers as middle or high School teachers.

English • Journalism • Speech

Economics • Geography • History • Political Science • Psychology Sociology

Biology • Chemistry • Earth/Space Science • Environmental Studies • Physics Computer Science • Mathematics • Technology and Engineering Education


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Individuals best suited for the act! program have undergraduate or graduate majors in Language Arts, English, Journalism, Speech, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Studies, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Technology or Engineering.
  • An overall GPA of 2.75
  • Grades of B or higher in an introductory English class and an introductory Math class or
    • An ACT score, within 5 years of the date of application, that includes a composite score of 23 and scores of 20 or higher in English, Math and Reading are required or
    • An SAT score, within 5 years of the date of application, that includes a composite score of 1070 and minimum scores of 450 on Math and Verbal assessments are required or
    • A GRE score, within 5 years of the date of application, with a composite score of 298 and minimum scores of 150 on the Verbal assessment and 145 on the Math assessment are required.The Revised General Test is the only acceptable GRE test or
    • Students who do not meet any of the standards above will be required to submit passing scores, set by the DPI, for the PRAXIS CORE exam.


Alternative Careers in Teaching
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(920) 424-3461
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The ACT program, its students and research on the program have been supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DUE-1660736, 0934682 and 0833324. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed through the ACT program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.