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Professional Teaching Permits

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.

Candidate Profile

  • Professional with a Bachelors degree in:  Engineering, Math, Science, Computer Science, Art, Music, or World Languages.
    • Engineer can get a math permit, science permit, or technology education permit
  • 5 years of experience as a professional in the subject area in which the bachelor’s degree was awarded
  • Seeking a permit to teach in a Wisconsin school district in one of these shortage areas

Seeking a permit to teach in a school district with an identified shortage area need?

People who fit this pathway profile are professionals who hold a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Math, Science, Computer Science, Art, Music or World Languages. These professionals must also have 5 years of experience as a professional in the subject area of their bachelor’s degree. Upon completing at minimum 100 hours of formal instruction in the application of modern curricula and passing the subject specific content tests, an individual is permitted to teach. This pathway is designed for school districts seeking to fill shortage areas with experienced content professionals.

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If you fit this permit pathway profile:

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility and follow the steps identified here:
  1. REVIEW the additional information provided below to learn more about training programs.
  2. APPLY for a Wisconsin Permit using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) System.



Applicants for the Professional Teaching Permit must successfully complete at minimum 100 hours of formal instruction in the application of modern curricula in the subject area, from a Wisconsin DPI-approved alternative training program. The following chart details contact information for program providers that can provide the training. The training will vary in total hours and configuration. Contact the provider directly to learn more about their training and to enroll.


Program Providers Contact Program Website

eduCATE - WI

Linda Maitrejean
CESA 7 TDC Alternative Licensure Program  Fran Renn Malcheske
CESA 1 PBL Proficiency-Based Licensure Program Dawn Rice
MTEC - Milwaukee Teacher Education Center

Gretchen Kroll
act! - Alternative Careers in Teaching

Michael Beeth