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Provisional Educator License

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Important Notice


Educators with an invalid 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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Provisional Educator License

A Provisional license is a Tier II three-year renewable license that allows for the educator to work in the subject and grade level indicated on the license. For all purposes, this is considered a full license.


Who may obtain a Provisional Educator license?

Educators who completed an approved educator preparation program for the first time in a given license area (Teaching, Administration or Pupil Services) may apply for a Provisional license. Whether an educator has completed their program through a Wisconsin approved program or through an out-of-state program, their first full license in a given license area (Teaching, Administration or Pupil Services) will be a Provisional license.

Educators who have expired or invalid licenses at the Initial, Provisional, Professional, Life, Lifetime, or Master Educator license stage are eligible for a Provisional license.


When the Provisional license expires

Provisional licenses are valid for three (3) years. If an educator has six semesters of successful experience in a position that meets the following criteria, they may apply for Lifetime licensure:

  • Experience completed in the license area (Teaching, Administration or Pupil Services) while holding either a Provisional, Initial Educator, Professional Educator or Master Educator license.
  • Experience completed in the five years immediately preceding the July 1 start date of the Lifetime license.
  • Experience must be providing direct services to students or providing administrative oversight in a prekindergarten through grade 12 setting in the license area of the Provisional license verified as successful experience by an educational entity in Wisconsin.

Note: Short-term substitute experience does not meet the experience requirement listed above.


Educators who do not have employment that meets the three criteria listed above may apply for a new Provisional license. There is no limit to the number of times that a Provisional license can be reissued.


How to apply for the Provisional license

Follow the Application Directions for (Re)issuance of Provisional License to apply for a Provisional license.