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Teacher From Another Country Pathways

Pathways for Educators Prepared In Another Country


Educators who are prepared in another country may be eligible for an educator license in Wisconsin. Eligibility is determined based on the general requirements for a Wisconsin educator license.

Options for Licensure:

  1. Out-of-state
  2. One-year license with stipulations
  3. Guest teacher

Please note the guest teacher license does not lead to a higher-tiered license and is limited to three years with one three-year renewal. Renewals are not allowed for special education due to provisions in federal law.

Credential Evaluation*

Prospective applicants must first contact a professional evaluation service agency for a course-by-course evaluation of their credentials. The credentialing agency will need to determine whether an applicant has the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, whether the applicant completed a teacher training program, course equivalencies, and translation of course titles.

The department recognizes any agency on these lists. The department does not accept credential evaluations from agencies other than those recognized below.

Please contact each agency directly for more information including their fee information.  For institutions of higher education the Department of Public Instruction will also recognize the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

*If you completed an approved program in an American territory (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, or Virgin Islands) you are not required to have a credential evaluation completed. Transcripts must be in English.

If an applicant’s credential evaluation shows completion of a U.S equivalent of an associate’s degree the applicant may be eligible for a Three-Year Short-Term Substitute License.


Submit questions and comments about this information to the Licensing Online Help desk.