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Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor's degree, or
  • Master's, Education Specialist, or Doctorate degree,
  • Seeking licensure as a: School Social Worker, School Psychologist, School Counselor, School Nurse

Seeking a Pupil Services License?

People who fit this pathway profile are college graduates who already have a bachelor's degree and are returning to a college/university to pursue a career as a pupil services professional. Candidates seeking a school social worker or school counselor license are required to complete a master's degree. Candidates seeking a school psychologist license are required to complete an education specialist or doctorate degree. Candidates must complete the approved pupil services preparation program specific to the license they are seeking at a Wisconsin college/university. Upon completion, the Wisconsin college/university will endorse the candidate for Wisconsin license.

If you fit this pathway profile:

  1. DECIDE what pupil services licensure you are interested in.
  2. IDENTIFY the Wisconsin college/university approved to prepare pupil services professionals for the Wisconsin license you are seeking using: Find a Prep Program
  3. CONTACT the college/university directly to learn about their programs and enrollment. Here are Public IHE Contacts or Private IHE Contacts.
  4. COMPLETE the degree requirements.
  5. COMPLETE all the requirements of the approved pupil services licensure program.
  6. APPLY for a Wisconsin Initial Educator License using the ELO System.

If you completed a Pupil Services program outside Wisconsin, use the Out-of-State pathway.