NBPTS certification is not the same, and does not replace Wisconsin educator license issued by the DPI.
In order to qualify for a Wisconsin educator license, an educator must have completed an approved educator preparation program in related field and meet all the requirements as stated in Wis. Admin Code PI 34 and Wis. Stat. 118.19.
For more information about educator licensing in Wisconsin, please go to Educator Licensing.
Not all certifications issued by the NBPTS have direct translation to Wisconsin educator licenses in terms of developmental levels and/or subject areas. The DPI can only issue educator licenses that are defined in Wis. Admin Code PI 34.
Wisconsin Master Educator License is only issued for the license area (i.e. level and subject) that the NBCT already holds, or qualify to hold, at Professional Educator level.
Please see related documents for the chart of national board certification areas and corresponding Wisconsin licenses.
Out-of-State National Board Certified Teachers
Due to statutory requirements that are specific to Wisconsin, almost all educators from out of state applying for a Wisconsin educator license will be issued a 5-year Professional Educator license with stipulations. The specific stipulations will be cited for the license issued.
All stipulations must be resolved in order to qualify for a regular (Professional Educator) license, at which time the NBCT may apply for a Wisconsin Master Educator license. Note that the expiration of the Master Educator license will be June 30 of the school year that the NBPTS certificate expires.
Wisconsin Initial Educators
National Board Certified Teachers who hold Wisconsin Initial Educator license must first qualify to advance to Professional Educator license before qualifying for a Master Educator license. In order to advance to a Professional Educator license, Initial Educators must complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP). The Initial Educators may incorporate the NBPTS process into the PDP.
Applying for Master Educator License
You may apply for Wisconsin Master Educator license the following year after you receive your NBPTS certification, as long as the NBPTS is still valid. The effective date of the Master Educator license will be July 1 of the year the application was submitted and approved until June 30 of the school year that the NBPTS certificate expires.
In order to apply for a Master Educator license:
- Applicant must already hold, or qualify to hold, Wisconsin Professional Educator license in the corresponding area.
- Wisconsin Initial Educators must be eligible to advance to Professional Educator.
- Out-of-State educators must be eligible for Professional Educator license without any stipulations.
- Applicant must submit an application and fee, and include NBPTS certificate or score report letter.
If you completed an NBPTS certification the same year that your Professional Educator licenses expire, you may not receive your NBPTS certificate in time for your renewal application. Therefore, you may apply for a 1-year non-renewable extension of your Professional Educator licenses. You can then apply for a Master Educator license the following year after receiving your NBPTS certification. If you hold other Professional Educator licenses that are not eligible as a Master Educator, those licenses will be renewed as 5-year Professional Educator licenses.
To apply and renew Wisconsin Master Educator License:
- PI-1602-5R: License Application - 5-year or Professional Educator Renewal