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Charter School Licenses

There are three educator licenses that are valid only in non-virtual charter schools (for more information about charter schools, please see http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/charter-schools)

Charter School Instructional Staff License

Educators who hold a valid Wisconsin teaching license and will be teaching subjects and/or grade levels not allowed under their Initial, Professional, or Master Educator teaching license may apply for a Charter School Instructional Staff License.  This license is issued for the period coinciding with the teacher’s valid Initial or Professional Educator license.

Teachers assigned to teach a core academic subject as identified under the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) must demonstrate content knowledge in that subject through one of the following:

Subjects not identified as core academic subjects do not require a demonstration of content knowledge to apply.

This license may be renewed when the teacher renews his/her Initial, Professional or Master Educator License by completing the applicable professional development requirement (i.e., completing six semester credits or a verified Professional Developmental Plan).   For directions on applying, please see this page: 

http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-instructional-staff

 

Three-year Charter School Teacher License

The Charter School Teacher License is available to applicants who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education.  The applicant must demonstrate content knowledge in that subject through one of the following:

There are no professional development requirements for renewing this license.   For directions on applying, please see this page:  http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-teacher

Individuals who do not qualify for the above licenses before the beginning of the school year may be eligible to apply for an emergency license.  Please see http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/emergency for more information.
 

Charter School Principal License:

Educators who hold a valid, regular (not provisional) principal license from another state may apply for a Charter School Principal License, which is valid for for 5 years (beginning July 1 and expiring June 30).  There are no professional development requirements for renewing this license.  For directions on applying, please see this page:  http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-principal
 

Note about licensing in virtual Charter Schools:

Staff hired to work in a virtual charter school must hold a valid Initial, Professional, or Master Educator license for their assignment as required if they were working in a public school setting.