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License Based on Reciprocity

Lifetime Licenses Created

Important Notice

As required in the 2017-18 state budget, conversion of current Professional and Master Educator licenses to Lifetime licenses is complete.  If you wish to print a copy of your Lifetime license, please follow the four numbered steps below:

  1. Access your ELO Account
  2. Navigate to the “Manage Your Existing Licenses” section of the Quick Start Menu
  3. Choose “Print license certificate” from the drop down menu and click “Go!”
  4. Based on your browser’s default behavior, a file will be available for you to open or download.

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.