Any person employed by a Wisconsin public school as a special education program aide must hold a Special Education Program Aide License issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) or another valid and current DPI license or permit. Special Education Program Aide licenses are valid for five years.
Note that the DPI does not license regular education classroom aides or paraprofessionals. Educators who hold a valid and current DPI license or permit may work as a special education program aide under their DPI license. The valid DPI license or permit is acceptable for state categorical aide reimbursement for districts.
License Application Requirements
To apply for a Special Education Program Aide license:
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
- Applicant must hold a high school diploma or an equivalent degree
- Application must be requested by employing school district administrator.
License Renewal Requirements
To renew a Special Education Program Aide license:
- Renewal application must be requested by employing school district administrator.
To apply and renew: ELO System.