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Three-Year Substitute Permit

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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.
 

A substitute permit may be issued to an applicant who holds an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, but has not completed a state-approved educator preparation program.

The application for a substitute permit must be requested by the employing school district where there has been a shortage of substitute teachers who are fully licensed. Once an educator holds a current Three-Year Substitute Permit, they may short-term substitute at any Wisconsin school district that wishes to hire them.  As part of the application, the school district must have a plan for providing training to the substitute permit holder.  Some districts provide their own training, while others use one of the substitute teacher training programs listed further below on this page.  Consult with your school district to ensure you complete the correct training.

The three-year substitute permit allows the permit holder to be in a short-term (no more than 45 days in a specific assignment) substitute assignment. The substitute permit does not allow the permit holder to be in a long-term substitute assignment.  For long-term substitute assignment, the applicant may apply for a License with Stipulations if requested by the employing school district. A License with Stipulations requires the educator to be enrolled in and complete a state-approved educator preparation program in the subject or grade level of their assignment under the License with Stipulations.

The substitute permit is issued for a period of 3 years and may be renewed upon request from the employing school district.

License Application Requirements

To apply for a three-year substitute permit:

  • Applicant must hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Submit original transcripts with the application.
    • IF the applicant holds an associate degree, they must ALSO submit evidence that they have successfully completed the district-selected substitute training.  IF the applicant holds a bachelor's degree or higher, this documentation is NOT required.  The following are acceptable forms of documentation:
      • CESA or WEAC Certificate of Completion, including date of completion.
      • Confirmation letter of successful completion, on district letterhead, including date of completion, signed by an authorized Administrator.
  • The PI-1622-Sub school district request form must be completed by the employing school district, and is uploaded by the applicant into their short-term substitute permit application.
     

License Renewal Requirements

To renew a three-year substitute permit:

  • The DPI does not require completion of coursework to renew three-year substitute permit.
  • The PI-1622-Sub school district request form must be completed by the employing school district, and is uploaded by the applicant into their short-term substitute permit application.

Application Process

Directions for applying for a new three-year substitute permit can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/sub-permit-tips.

Directions for renewing for a three-year substitute permit can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/substitute-emergency/sub-permit-renewal-tips.

Substitute Teacher Training Programs

The following organizations offer training programs for substitute teaching:

 

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