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Charter School Licenses

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.
 

There are three educator licenses that are valid only in non-virtual charter schools (for more information about charter schools, please see https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/charter-schools)

Charter School Instructional Staff License

Educators who hold a valid Wisconsin teaching license and will be teaching subjects and/or grade levels not allowed under their Initial, Professional, or Master Educator teaching license may apply for a Charter School Instructional Staff License.  This license is issued for the period coinciding with the teacher’s valid Initial or Professional Educator license.

Teachers assigned to teach a core academic subject as identified under the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) must demonstrate content knowledge in that subject through one of the following:

Subjects not identified as core academic subjects do not require a demonstration of content knowledge to apply.

This license may be renewed when the teacher renews his/her Initial, Professional or Master Educator License by completing the applicable professional development requirement (i.e., completing six semester credits or a verified Professional Developmental Plan).   For directions on applying, please see this page: 

https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-instructional-staff

 

Three-year Charter School Teacher License

The Charter School Teacher License is available to applicants who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education.  The applicant must demonstrate content knowledge in that subject through one of the following:

There are no professional development requirements for renewing this license.   For directions on applying, please see this page:  https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-teacher

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:

Educators who hold a valid, regular (not provisional) principal license from another state may apply for a Charter School Principal License, which is valid for for 5 years (beginning July 1 and expiring June 30).  There are no professional development requirements for renewing this license.  For directions on applying, please see this page:  https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/charter-principal
 

Note about licensing in virtual Charter Schools:

Staff hired to work in a virtual charter school must hold a valid Initial, Professional, or Master Educator license for their assignment as required if they were working in a public school setting.