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Important Notice


Educators with an invalidated Life or Lifetime license have until December 31st to revalidate their license.  Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30th. Educators will have until December 31st to complete this application for their license to be revalidated. 

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The License Based on Reciprocity is a Tier I five-year 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 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 Provisional License

Those seeking a Provisional license will need to complete the following requirements:

  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.