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Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications

Teachers and Licensure

Title I teachers must be appropriately licensed for the grade and content at the time of hire.

Schoolwide Program Schools: All teachers in a Title I Schoolwide school must be appropriately licensed for the grade and content.

Emergency Licenses: A teacher who holds an emergency license for the grade and content is appropriately licensed.

Substitutes: A substitute teacher must be appropriately licensed for the Title I assignment if they teach or work with students for 45 or more consecutive days. It is strongly recommended that shorter term substitute teachers and paraprofessionals also meet these requirements. A substitute teacher who is not appropriately licensed cannot be funded by Title I.

Teachers Providing Title I Interventions: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2018. "Licensure Requirements for Providing Students with Interventions and Additional Challenges."

Reading Teacher Licenses:

Elementary-licensed teachers: A reading teacher license is required for the following assignments:

  • If the individual teaches more than one period of reading per day; beyond universal/core instruction.
  • If the reading assignment is part of a Title I targeted assistance program;
  • If the reading assignment is part of a reading recovery program (not part of a self-contained classroom).

Secondary-licensed teachers: A reading teacher license is always required for a secondary teacher to teach reading.

READ 180: A reading teacher license is required for all teachers teaching READ 180.

Overview of Paraprofessional Requirements

For full information, visit the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I Paraprofessionals Hiring Requirements page.

Qualifications: In order to be qualified, a paraprofessional must hold a high school diploma and have completed two years of post-secondary education (48 credits) or an associate's degree or have met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness) by taking and passing one of the Hiring Requirements Options.

Targeted Assistance Schools: All paraprofessionals who work in a Title I targeted assistance program must meet the above qualifications at the time of hire.

Schoolwide Schools: All paraprofessionals in a schoolwide school must meet the above qualifications. This includes special education paraprofessionals.

Substitutes: A substitute paraprofessional must be qualified for the Title I assignment if they work with students for 45 or more consecutive days. It is strongly recommended that shorter term substitute paraprofessionals also meet these requirements. A substitute paraprofessional who does not meet the requirements cannot be funded by Title I.

Educator Rewards and Incentives

Rewards and incentives can be valuable tools in the effort to address resource inequities and make sure students in schools with the highest needs are matched with high performing educators who have the experience and skills to meet those needs.