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Proposed Licensure Rule Revisions (PI 34)

*NEW* Proposed Amendments to PI 34


Revisions to Lifetime Licensure as a Result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 206

The proposed rule specifies successful completion of six semesters of experience, for the purpose of receiving a lifetime license. The proposed rule also defines what it means for educators to be regularly employed in education, a condition for maintaining a lifetime license.

Cleanup revisions to educator license rules

The Department recently promulgated a rule revising PI 34 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Clearinghouse Rule 17-093 relating to stakeholder workgroups revisions to licensure, which became effective August 1, 2018. Upon further review, the Department has identified further points of clarification within the rule. Therefore, the proposed rule seeks to make several revisions to the current administrative rules governing educator licensure in order to clarify existing language for schools and license applicants.

Final PI 34 Rule - Stakeholder Revisions to Licensure (eff. 8/1/2018)

Proposed Rule Submitted to Wisconsin Legislature (3/21/2018)


Proposed Rule Submitted for Comment (12/18/2017)

Changes to the administrative rule that governs educator licensing, PI 34, are the result of significant input from a diverse set of stakeholders throughout the state as well as over 900 public comments.  The changes also implement new statutory language related to licensure as a result of the most recent biennial budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59).  The proposed rule changes are meant to make the licensing process more understandable and increase flexibility, while maintaining high-quality staff in Wisconsin schools.  Key aspects of the proposed rule are:

  • Updates, clarifies and makes consistent the program approval process for both traditional and alternative route programs. The new rule creates a standard, streamlined approach to approving educator preparation programs, while ensuring these programs provide our educators with high quality, rigorous training. (Subchapters II-IV).
  • Simplifies the licensing process. The new rule creates a tiered approach to educator licensing, which will allow educators to obtain a license fitting their unique training and experience. (Subchapter V). Under this approach:
    • Tier I licenses are of limited duration and authorization, allowing school districts to meet short-term or specialized needs.
    • Tier II licenses are provisional licenses which allow new educators, out-of-state license holders, and other highly qualified individuals to start the progression to a life license.
    • Tier III licenses are life licenses for educators.
    • Tier IV licenses are optional master educator life licenses for educators who meet additional rigorous requirements for quality and effectiveness.
  • Consolidates subject areas. The new rule will provide districts and teachers more flexibility by preparing  educators to teach entire subject areas instead of specialized subjects (e.g., science, social studies, music – Subchapter VI)
  • Adds flexibility. The new rule allows highly-qualified license holders to add additional license areas, giving them access to new opportunities and helping school districts fill high demand assignments. (Subchapters VI and IX)
  • Creates clarity. The new rule uses standardized, simplified language and structure to make the rule clearer, more understandable, and shorter. As a result, the new rule is approximately two-thirds as long as the old rule.

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