Seeking an Administrator License

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor's degree,
  • Master's, Education Specialist, or Doctorate degree,
  • Eligible for Wisconsin license at the Professional Educator level
  • 3 years of teaching experience

Seeking an Administrator License?

People who fit this pathway profile are teachers or pupil services professionals who wish to pursue a career as an administrator in a Wisconsin public school. Wisconsin administrator licenses require a master's degree, three years of successful teaching/pupil services experience, and eligibility to hold a teaching or pupil services license at the Professional Educator level. A district administrator license requires the completion of an education specialist or doctorate degree. Candidates must complete the approved administrator 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 administrator licensure you are interested in.
  2. IDENTIFY the Wisconsin college/university approved to prepare administrators for the Wisconsin license you are seeking using: Index of Approved IHE Programs
  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 the requirements of the approved administrator licensure program.
  6. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System.

If you completed an Administrator program outside Wisconsin, use the Out-of-State pathway.