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Under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issues the following administration licenses.  The grade range for all of these licenses is PK – 12.

Licenses Grade Level
Principal PK-12
School District Administrator or Superintendent
Director of Instruction
Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
School Business Administrator
Reading Specialist
Instructional Program Coordinator, including:
  • Career and Technical Education Coordinator
  • Dean of Students
  • School to Work
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Title I
  • Children-at-risk
Non-instructional Program Coordinator, including:
  • Personnel
  • Research
  • Standards and Assessment
  • Athletics and co-curricular programs
  • School network administrator
  • Public relations
  • Other non-instructional positions as determined by local districts

Degree and Experience Requirements

Unless otherwise specified, applicants for licenses in the category of administration must have:

  1. Completion of a state-approved educator preparation program in the licensure area.
  2. A minimum of master’s degree or the equivalent. Superintendent license requires a specialist degree or equivalent; program coordinator licenses require a bachelor’s degree.
  3. A valid or eligibility to hold a Provisional Educator License in teaching or pupil services. School business administrator and program coordinator licenses are waived from this requirement.
  4. Six semesters of successful full-time classroom teaching experience, or six semesters of successful experience as pupil services professional including 540 hours of classroom teaching experience. School business administrator and program coordinator licenses are waived from this requirement.

Licenses Issued Prior to August 2018

Five-year administrator licenses that were issued under previous Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 might have been issued for a position and/or grade level that are not listed above. Upon applications, these 5-year administrator licenses will be renewed as Provisional Educator License.

Seeking an Administrator License in Wisconsin?

Go to the Seeking an Administrator License page to learn how to obtain your Wisconsin administrative license.