The 2017-2019 Wisconsin state budget, also known as 2017 Act 59, contains major changes to licensure rules. This includes language creating a lifetime license for educators (teachers, administrators and pupil services professionals). Anyone, who holds a current professional or master educator license, will automatically have their license converted to a lifetime license. We are currently working on the programming in our system to complete this process.
A lifetime license will be invalidated if an educator is not actively employed by a Wisconsin school district for five or more consecutive years. The lifetime license will also be invalidated if the educator fails to log into the online system and submit to a background check (and pay a processing fee) once every five years. We are currently developing an application to allow educators with a lifetime license to submit a background check. When this application has been made available, directions will be posted to the Latest Licensing News blog.
Educators with a current professional or master educator license that was supposed to expire in 2018 will likely need to complete a background check in 2018. Be aware that paying for an application of any type will also prompt a new background check. Educators with a current professional or master educator license that was to expire in 2018 may already have a current background check if they have applied for any license type since their last renewal.
We are working on a system to notify educators when they must submit a background check. Additionally, we hope to eventually make the most recent background check date more publicly available, so that educators can keep track of their own background check timeline.
Please continue to monitor our Latest Licensing News blog for updates on changes to licensing.