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License Based on Reciprocity

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.

The License Based on Reciprocity is a five-year non-renewable educator license.  The License Based on Reciprocity is available for teacher and administrator licenses, but it is not available for pupil services licenses.  For an overview of the pathway process see License Based on Reciprocity pathway.  The License Based on Reciprocity does not allow the following:

In order to do any of the above, educators should obtain a Provisional license through our Out-of-State Pathway.

Candidate Profile

  • Hold a current teaching license in good standing from another state
  • Have taught one year with the teaching license from out of state
  • Hold a current administrator license in good standing from another state
  • Have worked one year with the administrator license from out of state

How to Obtain the Five-Year Non-Renewable License Based on Reciprocity

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility by following the steps identified here: License Based on Reciprocity
  2. PREPARE electronic copies of your valid license from another state and an employment verification form
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System.

How to Obtain the Renewable License

When your License Based on Reciprocity expires you will need to have completed the following requirements for professional licensure:

  1. Completed an approved Educator Preparation Program for your licensure area.  To determine if your out of state license program meets Wisconsin's requirements or if you will have to complete additional requirements use the Self-Screen for Eligibility
  2. Completed all of the required tests for the licenses you are applying for.
  3. Complete the advancement requirements for an initial educator license.