Educators who are prepared outside the United States may be eligible for an educator license in Wisconsin. Eligibility is determined based on the general requirements for a Wisconsin educator license:
- Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in education, or
- Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with teacher training and received a teacher certificate or credential.
- Applicants must complete all Wisconsin testing requirements.
Prospective applicants must first contact a professional evaluation service agency for an assessment of their credentials in terms of degree, course equivalence, and translation of course titles.
Note: A credential evaluation is not required for applicants who are prepared at a regionally accredited institution in a U.S. territory.
The following is the list of evaluation agencies commonly used by applicants:
- Educational Credential Evaluators
- Academic & Credential Records Evaluation & Verification Service (ACREVS)
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) – International Education Services
- Members of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
- Members of Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)
Please contact each agency directly for more information including their fee information.
Prospective applicants should carefully review the credential evaluation report prepared by the professional evaluation agency to determine whether they have the equivalent of the professional training (i.e. degree, professional teacher training) required for a Wisconsin educator license. If so, they may proceed to the license application process.
Three-Year Substitute Permit
If the credential evaluation does not verify the equivalent of bachelor’s degree in education or completion of teacher training program, but does verify a bachelor’s degree in a subject area, applicants may be eligible for a three-year substitute permit.
For more information about three-year substitute permit, please see Related Information below.
Applicants must complete all Wisconsin testing requirements, including basic skills and content area tests specific to the license(s) sought, before a Wisconsin educator license may be issued.
More information about Testing Requirements is available in Related Information below.
License Application Process
Use the following application form to apply for a Wisconsin educator license:
- PI-1602-OS: License Application – Initial Out-of-State
Some applicants are required to submit fingerprints as part of the background check process. Please refer to Background Check and Fingerprint below in Related Information to determine if you need to submit fingerprints.
- Carefully complete all sections of the application form.
- Enclose all relevant supporting documentation with the application:
- Original course-by-course credential evaluation report prepared by a professional credential evaluation agency.
- Copy of any educator license issued by a state department of education if applicable.
- Copies of passing scores from all tests required for Wisconsin licensure.
- Enclose a completed PI-1613 Experience Verification form(s) if applicable. This form must be completed by each employer that is listed in Section IV of the application form.
- Carefully answer every question on the Conduct and Competency form. Include supporting documentation as necessary and make sure to have the form notarized.
- Submit fingerprints that are inked on fingerprint cards supplied by the DPI if applicable.
- Enclose the correct application fee.
- Mail application to:
- DPI Educator Licensing
- Drawer 794
- Milwaukee, WI 53293-0794
Incomplete application will delay the processing of the application. In case of incomplete applications, applicants will be notified in writing with specific instructions, and should respond promptly to further delay the processing of the application.
Applicants who completed non-Wisconsin, including non-U.S., educator preparation programs are commonly issued a Wisconsin license with stipulations. Additional coursework is required to remove the stipulations before a regular license may be issued.
More information about License Stipulations is available in Related Information below.
Based on the completion date of an approved educator preparation program, a Wisconsin educator license may be issued as Initial Educator License or Professional Educator License.
For more information about the different Educator Licenses, see License Types and Requirements in Related Information below.
- Three-Year Substitute Permit
- International and Guest Teacher Exchange Pathway
- Testing Requirements
- License Stipulations
- License Types and Requirements
- Applying for a License/Permit
- Background Check and Fingerprint
- Educator Licensing