All applications to renew a license or permit are made in our Educator Licensing Online system. Requirements to renew a license or permit depend on the type of license an educator holds or held and when the educator completed his/her educator prep program.
In general, educators who completed their programs after August 31, 2004, must complete a verified, multi-year Professional Development Plan (PDP) - see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/pdp/professional-development-plan.
Educators who completed their program before September 1, 2004, can choose either to complete a verified PDP or six semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) cannot be used in place of credits for license renewal. Emergency licenses/permits have separate requirements for renewal (see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/emergency-license-and-permit).
These professional development requirements for license renewal must be completed within the five (5) years immediately preceding the license renewal date.
To avoid delay in processing your application, please submit a complete application in the Educator Licensing Online system. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Military personnel who are in active duty status at the time of license expiration/renewal may be eligible for a waiver of fee and professional growth requirement. Please refer to the Act 209 web page for more information.
If an applicant holds multiple licenses with different expiration dates, other eligible licenses will usually be renewed at the same time so all licenses can be on the same validity period. Eligibility depends on the various factors such as license types, license stages, and when the professional growth requirement was completed.
Initial and Professional Educators who do not complete the required professional development may apply for a one-year non-renewable license, also known as an extension. Educators who do not complete the professional development requirement during this additional year will only be eligible for a substitute license until the requirements are fulfilled. Tips for applying for the one-year extension are available for Initial Educators and Professional Educators.
Professional Educators who have worked outside of Wisconsin for the entire five years of their license, including those who are expected to complete a PDP because they completed their preparation program after August 31, 2004, may renew their license by completing six semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university.
- License Type and Requirements
- Online License Lookup
- Background Check and Fingerprint
- Act 209 - Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program