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DPI Releases Data on Temporary Licenses

By John Forester | November 26, 2019

From WisPolitics.com …

The number of teachers working with temporary licenses in the state has nearly tripled in the last six years.

The Department of Public Instruction emergency license data released yesterday shows 2,863 teachers received a license with stipulations for the 2018-19 school year, a 180 percent increase from the 1,021 licenses administered in 2012-13.

Since no organization keeps records on the number of open positions in all 421 public school districts, DPI considers emergency license data to be one of the best measures for the depth of the state’s teacher labor shortage.

A license with stipulations is a temporary permit for an individual to teach in the state with the promise to pursue a full educator’s license in the future. The most common license is for one year, but there is also a three-year option.

DPI’s website states it hands out one-year licenses to teachers with a bachelor’s degree or an out-of-state license who haven’t yet become fully licensed in the state. The organization also administers them to individuals with a bachelor’s degree “when a district cannot find a fully licensed educator.”

A license with stipulations has no requirement for a bachelor’s degree in teaching.

The number of licenses with stipulations has risen every cycle since 2012-13 except for a slight dip from 2,435 to 2,432 licenses between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Special education by-far made up the largest category of permits. There were 1,010 special education licenses with stipulations in 2018-19, an increase of 305 licenses from the previous year. Regular education was the second-highest category, with DPI handing out 315 permits in 2018-19.

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