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Can my previous teaching experience count towards the Lifetime License?

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.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Yes, experience earned prior to the passing of the budget in September, 2017 can be applied towards the Lifetime license.  Initial Educators who have not completed the Advancement requirements will be issued a Provisional license.  In order for their work experience to count towards the Lifetime license it must meet the following requirements:

  • The experience must be in the category of their license (teacher, administrator or pupil services)
  • The experience must be earned within the five years immediately preceding the start date of the Lifetime license
  • The experience must be verified as successful by the employing Wisconsin public school district

We are working on creating a form for districts to verify successful experience.  Please watch this blog for that form and application directions.

Note: any educators who completed their preparation program in another state and have statutory stipulations on their license must complete the statutory stipulation requirements before they may receive a Lifetime license.