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I completed my advancement requirements but did not advance my license. Can I do so now?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The recently passed state budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59) does not directly address expired licenses.  However, existing PI 34 rules still allow an educator with a current or expired Initial Educator license, who completed their advancement requirements on or before 06/30/2017, to apply for advancement to the Professional Educator level.  The advancement requirements are:

  • three years of experience in the category of your license (teacher, administrator or pupil services) earned by 06/30/2017
  • a Professional Development Plan (PDP) verified by all three PDP Team Members on or before 06/30/2017

Educators who meet the requirements above and apply for advancement by June 30, 2018 will receive a new license with an effective date of July 1, 2017, making them eligible for the lifetime license included in the budget.

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.

Follow the “ELO Application Tips for Advancing from Initial to Professional Educator License” application directions to apply for license advancement:

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