License Stipulations

Educators in Wisconsin are licensed based on the completion of a state-approved educator preparation program. All educator preparation programs in Wisconsin that are approved by the State Superintendent have incorporated all the statutory requirements as stated in Wis. Stat. 118.19 and Wis. Admin. Code PI 34.

It is not likely that a state-approved educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin will have the same statutory requirements in their programs because each state has its own licensing requirements. As a result, applicants for a Wisconsin educator license who completed their program outside of Wisconsin will not usually have fulfilled all the statutory requirements for a Wisconsin educator license.  Applicants who are otherwise eligible for a Wisconsin license based on their credentials may be issued a license with stipulations.  For a list of stipulations, please see

License with Stipulations

If an educator is issued a license with stipulations, they will receive a stipulation letter along with their license certificate. The license holder should retain the stipulation letter. A few things to note about license with stipulations:

  • Licenses with stipulations are non-renewable.
  • All stipulations must be satisfied or removed during the 5-year of the license period, before the expiration date of the license, in order to obtain a regular educator license (without stipulation).
  • Educators who hold Initial Educator License with Stipulations must remove all stipulations and successfully complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP) before they can advance to the Professional Educator License level.
  • Educators who hold a Professional Educator License with Stipulations must remove all stipulations and fulfill all professional growth requirements (PDP or six semester credit, depending on their license type) before they can renew their Professional Educator License as a license without stipulation.

Professional development is required for removing all stipulations except conflict resolution and student teaching.  The requirements for these latter two can be met through experience.  Educators must provide evidence of meeting stipulations when applying to renew or advance their license.

Believe You Already Met a Stipulation?

If you feel that you have already completed coursework that covers any stipulations cited when your license was issued by the DPI, make a copy of the stipulation letter and send it to the college or university where you completed your educator preparation program. Request that an official from that college or university (preferably the certification officer or dean of the education department) forward a letter of verification to the DPI, indicating that specific coursework satisfies one or more of the stipulations.

The Conflict Resolution stipulation can also be met with a letter from the educator's school district supervisor attesting that the educator has demonstrated competency in all of the following:

  1. Resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff.
  2. Assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff, including training in the use of peer mediation to resolve conflicts between pupils.
  3. Dealing with crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent or potentially disruptive situations, that may arise in school or at activities supervised by a school as a result of conflicts between pupils or between pupils and other persons.

These verifications should be mailed to the DPI's Madison office (125 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841). You will receive notification from the DPI of any changes regarding your stipulations.

Courses and Workshops that Address Stipulations

Any identified stipulation that can be fulfilled through coursework can be completed at any approved program. However, the following includes information of programs created specifically to the needs of educators who holds license with stipulations.

Program Name Contact Information/Stipulations Courses


Cheri Lehmann

(262) 787-9500, ext. 9539

CESA 1 Website


Diane Koehler

(920) 236-0554

CESA 6 Website


Becky Broderick

Ron Tomes

(920) 617-5626

CESA 7 Website: TDC/Alternative Licensure program.

  • Conflict resolution
  • Special education

UW Colleges (13 campuses and online)

Ann Herda-Rapp
(715) 261-6269

Anthropology and Sociology Department Website

  • Wisconsin Native American bands and tribes

UW – Eau Claire

UW- Eau Claire Continuing Education
(715) 836-3636

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education Website

  • Wisconsin Native American bands and tribes

UW – Green Bay

UW – Green Bay Education Outreach
(920) 465-2480

UW-Green Bay Education Outreach Website

UW - La Crosse

Native American Student Association
(608) 785-8225

Native American Student Association

Act 31 Symposium: Widening the Circle - Helping Teachers to Teach about Wisconsin Indians' History and Culture

Edgewood College

Tami Koepsel
(608) 663-3404

  • Wisconsin Native American bands and tribes
  • Conflict Resolution

UW – Extension Independent Learning

Independent Learning
(877) 895-3276

UW Independent Learning Website

  • Human Relations (including Wisconsin Native American bands and tribes)
  • Conflict resolution
  • Partial fulfillment of environmental education
  • Special education



Continuing Studies

(608) 265-8041

Mediation Techniques for Managing Conflict

UW – Milwaukee Education Outreach

Education Outreach

(414) 229-4728

UW-Milwaukee Education Outreach Website

  • Human Relations (including Wisconsin Native American bands and tribes)
  • Conflict resolution
  • Environmental education
  • Special education
  • Reading and language arts

Norda Education Programs

Mark Stensvold

EdNova Workshops

  • Minority Relations
  • Conflict resolution
  • Environmental education
  • Special education
  • Reading and language arts
  • Cooperatives

UW – River Falls Continuing Education

Outreach Office

(715) 425-3256

UW-River Falls Continuing Education Website

  • Conflict resolution
  • Environmental education
  • Cooperatives
  • Wisconsin Native American bands and tribes

UW – Stevens Point School of Education

Continuing Education

(715) 346-3838

UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education Website

  • Human relations
  • Wisconsin Indian History, Treaties, and Sovereignty
  • Transforming conflict
  • Environmental education teaching methods

UW - Stout

School of Education – summer program (715) 232-1088

  • Conflict resolution (EDUC-400-0010)

UW - Whitewater

School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education

(800) 621-5376

UW-Whitewater summer program

  • Conflict resolution
  • Contemporary Indian issues in education for teachers
  • Environmental education

Distance Learning Wisconsin



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