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:
- Basic district and school policies and procedures.
- Age appropriate teaching strategies.
- Discipline, conflict resolution and classroom management techniques.
- Health and safety issues including handling medical emergencies.
- Techniques for starting a class.
- The culture of schools and the profession.
- Working with lesson plans.
- Working with children with special needs, including confidentiality issues.
More information can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/three-year-substitute.
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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