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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.

 

Licensure in Charter Schools-Tier I

There are two licenses available for staff hired in a non-virtual charter schools when the person hired does not already hold the appropriate Provisional, Lifetime or Master Educator License in the subject(s) and grades or for the position they hold.

Charter School License

Candidates for the Charter School License are issued this five year license if by June 30*, they can verify the following:

  1. hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education
  2. are assigned to teach in grades and subjects for which they do not hold a Provisional, Lifetime or Master Educator License
  3. can demonstrate content knowledge in that subject through one of the following:

Application Process for Charter School License

An applicant who meets the criteria under 1-3 above will follow the directions to apply for the charter school license found here: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-teacher

Next Steps

There are no professional development requirements for renewing this license.

* Individuals who do not qualify for the above licenses before the beginning of the school year may be eligible to apply for a One-Year License with Stipulations license. Please see https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/lws-oneyear for more information.

 

Charter School Principal License:

Candidates for the Charter Principal License are issued this five year license if by June 30*, they can verify:

  1. a valid, regular (not provisional) principal license from another state; and
  2. three years of full-time classroom teaching

Application Process for Charter School License

An applicant who meets the criteria under 1-2 above, will follow the directions to apply for the charter school license found here: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-principal

Next Steps

There are no professional development requirements for renewing this license.

 

Note about licensing in virtual Charter Schools:

Up until the 2017-19 State Budget, staff hired to work in a virtual charter school had to hold a valid WI Provisional, Lifetime or Master Educator License (formerly: Initial Educator or Professional Educator license). Changes to state law under s. 118.19 (1b), s. 118.40 (8) (b), and s.121.02 now allow on-line teachers located in other states to teach WI students on-line courses under a valid license from that state. Teachers located in WI must still obtain a Provisional, Lifetime or Master Educator License in the grades and subjects of their assignment. The above Charter School License is not an option for teachers in a virtual charter school setting.

(For more information about charter schools, please see https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/charter-schools)