License Conversion

****** 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. ******

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 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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