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License Areas

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

Grade Ranges

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

Teaching Areas Grade Ranges
Early Childhood (Regular Education and Special Education) Birth - 3
Elementary and Middle School Kindergarten - 9
Middle and High School 4 - 12
Prekindergarten through grade 12 PK - 12
Kindergarten through grade 12 Cross-Categorical Special Education K - 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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