Special Education Program Aide License

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.

Application Process

To apply and renew: ELO System.

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