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Associates Degree and Short-Term Substitute Permits

Monday, November 27, 2017

The 2017-2019 Wisconsin state budget now allows DPI to issue a short-term substitute teacher permit to individuals who hold an associate degree from an accredited college or university and successfully complete substitute teacher training.  This training may be provided by a school district, a Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA), an approved educator preparation program, and other agencies approved by the DPI.  It must include:

  1. Basic district and school policies and procedures.
  2. Age appropriate teaching strategies.
  3. Discipline, conflict resolution and classroom management techniques.
  4. Health and safety issues including handling medical emergencies.
  5. Techniques for starting a class.
  6. The culture of schools and the profession.
  7. Working with lesson plans.
  8. Working with children with special needs, including confidentiality issues.

More information can be found at

Note: State statute requires that individuals with an associate degree complete the training prior to applying for the permit.  Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher may complete the training after they apply.

The following are acceptable forms of documenting successful completion of substitute teacher training:

  • CESA or WEAC Certificate of Completion, including date of completion
  • Confirmation letter of successful completion, on district letterhead, including date of completion, signed by an authorized Administrator.

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