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Initial Educator and Provisional Licenses

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The recently passed state budget requires DPI to issue a new three-year provisional license to every educator who holds a valid Initial Educator License. DPI will automatically issue these new licenses at no cost to the educator, but it will take us some time for us to work with the ELO vendor to make sure the process works correctly.  Your current Initial Educator license will continue to appear on license lookup.

After six successful semesters of experience in one or more Wisconsin school districts, an educator may apply for a lifetime license by submitting an application to the DPI that includes a school board verification of the experience. If experience requirements for the lifetime license have not yet been met before the expiration of a provisional license, an educator may apply to renew their provisional license. There is no limit to the number of renewals for provisional licenses.

Note: Educators who hold an Initial Educator license do not need to complete their Professional Development Plan (PDP) for continued licensure.

We are working on creating ELO applications for the new lifetime license and to renew a provisional license. Once these applications are available, the specific directions will be posted to the Latest Licensing News Blog.

NOTE: Experience completed prior to the 2017-2018 school year can be used for the lifetime license requirement.  We are developing a form for districts to use to confirm successful experience.

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Important Notice


There have been many recent changes to licensure in statute and rule.  Please review the Latest Licensing News blog for updates on current licensing requirements.