Pathways to Licensure

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

Wisconsin offers multiple pathways to meet the requirements to become a Wisconsin licensed teacher, pupil services professional, or administrator. Whether you are a recent high school graduate with hopes of becoming a teacher; a working adult seeking a career change; a returning adult college student; an out-of-state applicant relocating to Wisconsin; or a Wisconsin educator seeking additional licensure, Wisconsin has a pathway waiting for you. Use the information on this page to locate a pathway that will serve your needs.

Minimum degree requirements for Wisconsin Licensure:

  • A Bachelor's degree is required for all Wisconsin teaching licenses.
  • A Master's, Education Specialist, or Doctoral degree is required for all Pupil Services and Administrator licenses. Refer to the specific license for exact details.

Which pathway is right for you?

Click a pathway that fits your situation.

Seeking an Initial Teaching License

No bachelor's degree?
Bachelor's Degree
Already have a bachelor's degree?
Alternative Route
License Based on

Seeking an Additional Teaching License


License Based on a Content Test



Out-of-State Applicant

Completed an educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin?
Teacher from outside of U.S.
International and Guest Teacher

Seeking a Pupil Services License


Pupil Services

Seeking an Administrator License



Seeking a Permit or
Other License


Trade Specialist


Professional Teaching Permits