Guest Teacher License
The Guest Teacher license is a Tier I license issued to those teachers who are employed in Wisconsin as part of a teacher exchange or guest teacher program. This is a pathway to time-limited licensure to allow eligible educators from other nations to come to the U.S. to teach in Wisconsin. The Guest Teacher license will be issued in the grades and subject(s) based on the teacher preparation completed and the license issued in another country*.
Candidates for the Guest Teacher license may be eligible for a three-year license if they can provide the following:
- Verification of both the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in the United States and completion of an approved teacher training program in another country as verified on an approved foreign credential evaluation. A list of acceptable entities that can provide this service can be found at: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways/non-us
- Evidence of their professional experience.
- The PI-1624-GUEST form completed by the employing school district.
Please review the International Exchange and Guest Teacher Pathway PDF for additional information regarding exchange programs and requirements for school districts and teachers.
Application Process for Guest Teacher License
An applicant who meets the criteria under 1-3 above will follow these directions to apply for the Guest Teacher license: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/lws-oneyear
This license can be renewed for one additional license term with the above application. There are no additional requirements for renewing this license, however, guest teachers and employing school districts need to understand and follow visa and other immigration requirements.
* Individuals who are employed in a WI school district in grades and/or subject(s) outside what can be issued for the guest teacher license are required to submit application for a district requested One-Year License with Stipulations where renewal requirements for that license would apply. Please see https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/lws-oneyear for more information.