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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:

https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/renewals/advancing-tips

Lifetime Licenses Created

Important Notice

As required in the 2017-18 state budget, conversion of current Professional and Master Educator licenses to Lifetime licenses is complete.  If you wish to print a copy of your Lifetime license, please follow the four numbered steps below:

  1. Access your ELO Account
  2. Navigate to the “Manage Your Existing Licenses” section of the Quick Start Menu
  3. Choose “Print license certificate” from the drop down menu and click “Go!”
  4. Based on your browser’s default behavior, a file will be available for you to open or download.