License Based on Equivalency

****** We have experienced an overwhelming volume of phone calls and email these past few weeks seeking assistance with ELO and licensing. We will continue to work with educators who had reached out for assistance or started an application online prior to June 30th to be able to assist with technical issues that prevented application completion.  Applications from these educators who made a good faith effort to apply will be considered as having been made timely. ******

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years’ teaching experience in PK-12, postsecondary, or workplace settings
  • Major or equivalent in content area
  • May have completed alternative-route teacher preparation program in another state or a teacher preparation program in another country
  • May be a teacher in a private or charter school, postsecondary education, or a workplace

People who fit this pathway have not completed an educator preparation program recognized for Wisconsin licensure. A potential candidate may be a private school educator, an educator who has completed an alternative route preparation program outside of Wisconsin, or an educator who has received licensure directly through a state agency via a certificate program or equivalency process in another state.

A performance-based assessment process will be used to determine competence in the Wisconsin educator standards. This pathway is for licensure only and does not lead to a degree.

If you fit this pathway profile:

  1. Work directly with one of the providers in the chart below.
  2. Complete all the requirements of the program you choose. The provider will assist you in completing the application materials for licensure.
License Based on Equivalency - Options
Program Program Provider Contact
Licensed Based on Equivalency (LBE) Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin DPI LBE
New to Wisconsin CESA 1

New To Wisconsin