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Licensing requirements for substitute teachers vary by state. Below you will find descriptions of license types that can be held in each state, along with outside links to the MN Department of Education and the WI Department of Public Instruction. Please note that all license applications need to be submitted directly to the appropriate licensing organization.

Minnesota

Full Professional Minnesota Education License

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/

  • Regular teaching license that can be obtained with a completed teacher licensure program
  • Valid for permanent and long term substitute assignments in the grades/subject areas listed
  • Valid for short term substitute assignments in ANY grade/subject area

2-Year Short Call Substitute License*

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/

  • Can be obtained by candidates who have a Bachelor’s Degree but outside the field of education
  • Valid for short term substitute assignments only (less than 15 days) in ANY grade/subject area
  • Must be endorsed/signed off on by Teachers On Call or a specific school district

*For more information on Teachers On Call’s short call substitute licensure program in MN, please contact Leslie Egner at legner@teachersoncall.com

5-Year Short Call Substitute License

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/

  • Can be obtained by candidates who have completed a teacher licensure program but do not wish to apply for full time licensure
  • Valid for short term substitute assignments only (less than 15 days) in ANY grade/subject area

Wisconsin

5-Year Professional Educator or Initial Educator License

http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/educator-licenses-general

  • Regular teaching license that can be obtained by candidates who complete a teacher licensure program in education
  • Valid for permanent and long term substitute assignments (20+ days) in the grades/subject areas listed
  • Valid for short term substitute assignments in ANY grade/subject area

5-Year Substitute License

http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/five-year-substitute-license-requirements

  • Can be obtained by candidates who have previously held a Professional Educator license but do not complete professional growth requirements (6 credits of continuing education)
  • Valid for long term substitute assignments (20+ days) in the grades/subject areas listed
  • Valid for short term substitute assignments in ANY grade/subject area

3-Year Substitute Permit

http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/three-year-substitute-permit

  • Can be obtained by candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree but outside the field of education
  • Requires a school district signature verifying that the district can use more substitutes
  • Valid for short term substitute assignments (less than 20 days) in ANY grade/subject area
  • Additional training may be required

Lifetime License

http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/life-license

  • Considered valid as long as the license holder is regularly employed (day to day substitute teaching does not count); needs to be revalidated 5 years after the license holder’s last date of regular employment.
  • If the license holder does a long term assignment of at least 1 contact hour per day for 1 semester, then their last date of regular employment is the ending date of their long term assignment.
  • License holders who want to continue subbing after hitting their 5 year mark can revalidate their license by obtaining a 5-Year Substitute License (see above).

Special Education Aide

http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/special-education-program-aide-license

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Requires school district signature
  • Not required for all substitute aide/para positions (dependent on school district)