In order to provide schoolchildren with the best possible education, the School of Education is dedicated to strengthening and diversifying Wisconsin’s teacher workforce. To accomplish this goal, we are pledging to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees, testing and licensing costs for all of our teacher education students. For students with greater financial need, the Teacher Pledge can also provide funds to cover costs beyond tuition, such as books or living expenses. In return, our students pledge to work at a Wisconsin pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school for three to four years after graduation. The Teacher Pledge is open to all participating teacher education students — and is the first program of its kind offered by a public university. This will help the School attract and retain diverse cohorts of students who are dedicated to becoming future educators across Wisconsin.