The PDP must be written based on the category of the license that will be advanced (Initial Educator) or renewed (Professional Educator). It is developed over the course of 3, 4 or 5 years to show evidence of professional growth and impact on student learning. As such, employment situation will affect the feasibility or progress of a PDP.
If an initial educator did not attain 3 full years of regular employment in the category of his/her license, they can have their Initial Educator license reissued for another 5 years.
Educators who hold a Professional Educator License based on pre-August 31, 2004 program completion date and Initial Educator License, but were not employed in the category of the Initial Educator license, have the option to complete a PDP in the category of their Professional Educator license or six semester credits in order to renew their Professional Educator license. The Initial Educator License can be reissued for another 5 years.
Professional educators who advanced from initial educator license stage continue to be required to do a PDP to renew their Professional Educator licenses. In the event that they were not employed at all in a license cycle while holding a Professional Educator license, they can take six semester credits to renew their Professional Educator license. Once they are employed, they must again complete a PDP to renew their license.
Wisconsin educator license holders who work outside of Wisconsin in the area related to their license category have the option to complete a PDP or six semester credits in order to fulfill the licensing renewal requirements for their Wisconsin license.
Educators who have worked on their PDPs but did not complete the PDPs before their licenses expire can apply for a 1-year non-renewable extension of their Initial Educator or Professional Educator license. If the PDP requirement is not completed at the end of the 1-year extension, the educator is eligible only for a substitute license.