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Renewal of PI 3 Professional Educator 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.

Educators who completed their preparation programs before September 1, 2004 must complete their continuing professional development requirement by successfully completing one of the options listed below within the five years immediately preceding the July 1st effective date of their new license: 

1. Professional Development Plan Option

Complete a verified Professional Development Plan.  The plan may be completed on paper or online, but the verification must be submitted through one of our online PDP providers.

2. Six Semester Credit Option

Complete six semester credits (or nine quarter credits) of undergraduate or graduate level course work that is directly or substantively related to one or more of the licenses you hold, enhances your professional competence, and is related to the appropriate Wisconsin Educator Standards.  The credits must be taken at an institution of higher education institutionally accredited by an agency recognized by U.S. Department of Education (search at

Note: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Units (PDUs) cannot be used in place of credits for license renewal.

3. Educator Effectiveness

Beginning 01/01/2018, educators may renew by completing the professional goals contained in the individual's Educator Effectiveness Plan, as verified by the employing school/school district, for each of the school years the individual was employed by a school district as an educator in the past five years or since July 1, 2014, whichever is lesser.  The requirement is that the goals (PPG and SLO, or PPG and SPO) are completed (with no stipulation of level of achievement and, therefore, regardless of scores). Therefore, most individuals will not be able to submit for renewal and utilize this option until late spring, once the goals are completed and signed off by the evaluator.


Please note, all course work for renewal credits must be completed within the five years immediately preceding the new license begin date.  It is not possible to bank renewal credits from one licensing period to another.  Example:  John Doe has a license that valid from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.  His credits must be completed between those dates to be used for renewal.

If you take a course that straddles your license begin/expiration date it is the date that the credits are earned that determines whether the course can be used for renewal.  Example:  John Doe took a class that started June 15, 2012 and ended July 15, 2012.  He earned the credits in the month of July, which is during the valid dates of his license, which means the course is acceptable for his 2017 license renewal.  John Doe will take a class that starts June 10, 2017 and ends July 10, 2017.  He will earn the credits after the valid dates of his license, so this class could not be used for his 2017 license renewal.

Original transcripts or grade reports documenting successful completion of course work must be submitted with your application at the time of license renewal.  Further information about transcript requirements can be found at