Master Educator License

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

The Master Educator License is a voluntary ten-year license. In order to qualify for a Master Educator License, candidates must:

  • Hold, or qualify to hold, Wisconsin educator license at Professional Educator level in the area (i.e. subject/level) that they are pursuing Master Educator License.
  • Apply for and successfully complete a national board certification (NBPTS) or Wisconsin master educator assessment process (WMEAP).

For more information about Wisconsin educator license requirements, please go to Educator Licensing.

There are two master educator assessment processes that lead to the Master Educator License in the state of Wisconsin:

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP)

The NBPTS route allows teachers to participate in a rigorous assessment process and receive National Board Certification. This option is available to teachers in most subject areas and school counselors. The application is made directly to the NBPTS. Successful candidates will receive grants as long as they remain a teacher in Wisconsin classroom. More information is available in NBPTS section of our website.

The WMEAP route is available for administrators, pupil services professionals, and teachers licensed in subjects not available through NBPTS. Application for WMEAP is submitted to the DPI, where accepted applicants will have up to two years to complete a performance-based portfolio that is assessed by DPI-trained WMEAP assessors. More information is available in WMEAP section of our website.

Educators who successfully completed either the NBPTS or WMEAP assessment process are eligible for the ten-year Wisconsin Master Educator license. Educators who completed the application and portfolio process for either NBPTS or WMEAP, but were not successful in the assessment process, may renew their Professional Educator license using the application and portfolio process.

Wisconsin statutes and administrative rules supporting National Teacher Certification or master educator license: