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Educator 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.

License Categories

The following are license categories for Educator Licenses issued under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34:

Developmental Levels

Educator licenses issued under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 are based on the following developmental levels:

Developmental Levels Age Ranges Typical Corresponding Grades
Early Childhood (EC) Birth – 8 PK – 3
Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) Birth – 11 PK – 6
Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) 6 – 12/13 1 – 8
Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EA-A) 10 – 21 5 – 12
Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A) Birth – 21 PK – 12

License Stages

Educator licenses issued under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 are based on the following license stages:

  1. Provisional Educator License

    Educators who completed an approved educator preparation program for the first time in a license category (Teaching, Administrator or Pupil Services) after September 23, 2017 will be issued a Provisional Educator License for each license within that category.

  2. Lifetime Educator License

    A Lifetime Educator License may be issued to educators who successfully completed at least six semesters of experience in the category of their Provisional Educator license and have completed all statutory requirements.

  3. Master Educator License

    This optional lifetime license may be issued to educators who successfully completed a National Board Certification by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) or a Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP).

License Effective Dates

Provisional Educator Licenses are issued for a period of three years, with typical effective dates starting July 1 ending June 30.  These licenses may be renewed an unlimited number of times.  If an applicant completes a state-approved program after September 1, the license may be issued with an effective date that corresponds with the program completion date. The license will be valid until June 30 following the third full school year.


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