License Conversion

Under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34, an educator who was issued a teaching license prior to July 1, 2004 may convert that license to a license in a related developmental level or subject area as defined in Wis. Admin. Code PI 34.

License conversion is only applicable to those who hold a Wisconsin teaching license that was issued prior to July 1, 2004. The following criteria apply:

  • The license must be current (not expired).
  • This option is only available for teaching licenses (not administrators or pupil services).
  • Supplemental teaching licenses are not eligible.

License conversion is not applicable to applicants holding non-Wisconsin teaching license. 

The process for license conversion includes submitting a portfolio to the Department of Public Instruction.  The portfolio components include:

  • Complete college/university transcripts and a current resume including education, all current and previous licenses held, teaching experiences and levels.
  • Evidence of successful, relevant teaching experience in the requested content field or developmental level that includes some direct observation of skills by appropriate supervisor(s).
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues that confirm successful teaching experience at the level, or in the subject/category, to which conversion is requested.
  • Written reflections on:
    • Teaching experiences that show evidence of pupil learning in the requested content field or developmental level;
    • Professional development completed after initial licensing program in the subject category and/or developmental level to which conversion is requested—e.g., course work, conferences, workshops;
    • Each of the Wisconsin teacher standards (see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/resources/wisconsin-educator-standards) with reference to evidence/artifacts that demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions in each standard; and
    • Each of the relevant content guidelines.

For information about license conversion and to obtain application materials, please contact Cathy Toll.

 

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