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Licensing requirements for substitute teachers vary by state. Below you will find descriptions of license types available 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

To apply for a license as a Substitute in Minnesota you will need to create an account and apply online with the Minnesota Department of Education.  You will then be able to chose one of the following categories of license depending on your background and experience.

Click here to APPLY with Minnesota Department of Education
 
 

Full Professional Minnesota Education License

  • Full-time teaching license that can be obtained through the standard 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*

  • Can be obtained by anyone who holds a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 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 our Onboarding Team at onboarding@teachersoncall.com

5-Year Short Call Substitute License

  • Can be obtained by those that 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

There are a variety of licensing options for Substitute Educators in the State of Wisconsin.

Click here to READ a good overview on the available options on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.

 

5-Year Professional Educator or Initial Educator License

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

  • Teaching license that can be obtained those that 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://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/five-year-substitute

  • Can be obtained by those that 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 (45+ days) in the grades/subject areas listed
  • Valid for short-term substitute assignments in ANY grade/subject area

3-Year Substitute Permit

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

  • Can be obtained by candidates that hold an Associate’s or Bachelor's degree
  • Requires a school district signature verifying that the district is in need of substitutes
  • Valid for short-term substitute assignments (less than 45 days) in ANY grade/subject area
  • Additional training is required

Lifetime License

http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/life

  • 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
  • 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://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/special-ed-aide

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Requires school district signature