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Emergency License and Emergency Permit

Letter to Districts about Emergency Licenses for 2016-2017 School Year

An emergency license may be issued to an applicant who holds a valid Wisconsin educator license but is being asked to teach outside of the subject and/or grade level of his/her license. An emergency license is issued for the specific assignment in a specific school year.

An emergency permit may be issued to an applicant who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The teacher who holds an emergency license/permit must work towards getting fully licensed for the subject and grade level of the assignment by enrolling in an approved educator preparation program. Other pathways may be available for the teacher to obtain full licensure. Please see the Pathways to Licensure page for more information.

Please note: If the holder of an Initial Educator License works under an emergency license in the same license category as the Initial Educator License, the experience gained will count toward the advancement of the Initial Educator License (i.e. teaching, administrative, or pupil services) and the PDP must be developed so that the license holder can advance the Initial Educator License.  The coursework needed to earn the new license could be used as part of a PDP for an activity showing evidence towards reaching a goal to advance an Initial Educator License.

Note: The DPI cannot issue emergency license/permit for Speech & Language Pathology.

Justification of the Request

In order for the DPI to consider emergency applications, school districts must make every effort to fill vacancies with fully-licensed teachers. The burden of assuring that schools have qualified staff rests with employing administrators.

Highly Qualified Status - Special Education

A special education teacher on emergency license/permit is considered highly qualified only if:

  1. The educator is enrolled in an approved educator preparation program that will be completed in three school years, and
  2. The district provides high quality professional development before and while teaching and intensive supervision or mentoring while teaching.

The information about the highly qualified status of a special education must be included on the PI-1624-EL request form.

License Application Requirements

To apply for an emergency license:

  • Applicant must hold a Wisconsin educator license.
  • The application must be completed by both the applicant and the employing school/school district. The school/school district must complete the PI-1624-EL form, including a statement that a search was conducted for a fully licensed teacher without success.

To apply for an emergency permit:

  • Applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit original transcript(s) with the application.
  • The application must be completed by both the applicant and the employing school/school district. The school/school district must complete the PI-1624-EL form, including a statement that a search was conducted for a fully licensed teacher without success.

License Renewal Requirements

To renew an emergency license:

  • The renewal application must be completed by both the applicant and the employing school/school district. The school/school district must complete the PI-1624-EL form, including justification for the renewal of the emergency license.

To renew an emergency permit:

  • The renewal application must be completed by both the applicant and the employing school/school district. The school/school district must complete the PI-1624-EL of the application including justification for the renewal of the emergency permit and a statement that a search was once-again conducted for a fully licensed teacher without success.

Application Process 

To apply and renew an emergency license: ELO System.