Any person employed by a school district as a special education program aide must hold a Special Education Program Aide License issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Note that the DPI does not license regular education classroom aides or paraprofessionals. Educators who hold a valid and current substitute teaching license or permit may work as a special education program aide under the substitute license. The substitute license or permit is acceptable for state categorical aide reimbursement for districts.
License Application Requirements
To apply for a Special Education Program Aide license:
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
- Application must be requested by employing school district administrator.
License Renewal Requirements
To renew a Special Education Program Aide license:
- Renewal application must be requested by employing school district administrator.
To apply and renew:
- PI-1602-PA: Special Education Program Aide.