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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/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.

Please continue to monitor our Latest Licensing News blog for updates on changes to licensing.

State Budget Licensure Changes

Important NoticeEducators who hold a Professional or Master Educator license that was supposed to expire on June 30, 2018, DO NOT NEED TO APPLY to renew their license with credits or a PDP.  The state budget has removed the expiration dates from these licenses, and we are working to have license lookup reflect that.

Please visit the Latest Licensing News blog for information on the state budget's impact on licensure. All available information has been posted to the Latest Licensing News blog. Please Note: the first post relating to the new license rules was written September 22nd.