Major changes to educator licensing are taking effect with Wisconsin's 2017-19 State budget. Effective immediately, anyone holding a current, valid Professional or Master Educator license will have their license automatically converted to a Life License by DPI. Educators with Provisional Licenses will be able to obtain a Life License after 6 semesters of successful teaching experience, as verified by a school district. Districts can continue to request Emergency Licenses for teachers if there is a demonstrated need.
License Renewal for Professional or Master Educator Licenses (now called "Life License")
Effective immediately, anyone who currently holds a current, valid Professional or Master Educator license (completed at least 1 PDP cycle or renews their license by earning 6 academic credits every 5 years) will have their educator license converted to a Life License. This will be done automatically by DPI with no fees charged. You will no longer have to complete a PDP or earn credits as part of the state licensing renewal process, but may want to retain relevant PDP artifacts to use in your evaluation.
License Renewal for Initial Educators (now called “Provisional License”)
An educator with a current, active Initial License (now called a Provisional License), will be issued a new 3-year Provisional License with no charge. You will move from your Provisional License to a Lifetime License after 6 semesters of successful teaching experience, as verified by a school district. You will no longer have to complete a PDP as part of the state licensing renewal process, but may want to retain relevant PDP artifacts to use in your evaluation.
Emergency Licenses (now called “1 Year License with Stipulations”)
To use this license category, the district must demonstrate that it cannot find a fully licensed professional to hire (the district submits a form attesting to such to the DPI). The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree. If an educator would like to obtain a Provisional License after holding a 1 Year License With Stipulations, they must meet all the requirements for a Provisional License.
Initial Educators may have received an email from a company called Quality Educator Interactive about using their Provisional License Tracking (PLT) system to verify 6 semesters of teaching experience. MMSD has not made a decision on whether to partner with Quality Educator Interactive.
DPI is reviewing these legislative changes to licensing to determine how they will be interpreted and implemented. Further updates will be shared on DPI's website as soon as they are known.
Questions? Tina Updike, HRIS Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org