International and Guest Teacher Exchange Pathway (WI)

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International and Guest Teacher Exchange Pathway (WI)

The International and Guest Teacher Exchange Pathway is for applicants who are being supported by a Wisconsin public school district as part of an international teaching exchange program or as an international guest teacher.
Time-limited license Valid for 1-3 years depending on the sponsoring organization
Applicants must be fluent in English and be verified non-US citizens.
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Wisconsin
Contact Name: Gerhard Fischer, Education Consultant
Contact Phone: 608-267-9265
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

It is limited to applicants from out of the country through an exchange or guest teacher program.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Out of Country Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
3 Out of the Country years.

Wisconsin allows for “other foreign languages” than the ones listed on their site but do not specify. Contact the DPI if they can endorse a language not listed on the Wisconsin site.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Institution
Online at:

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable

When applying online, use the Emergency Teacher application.

Processing time is estimated.
Background check are required if the international applicant comes from Great Britain (England, Scotland, or Wales). More information can be found at

Paper fingerprint cards are only available for applicants who do not live in the United States. Request from DPI at [email protected]

Notice: Complete credential review is not required for a license, but applicants who wish to take additional coursework in the U.S. may consider a full course-by-course credential review.

International credential evaluations sites:

Wisconsin school districts participate in the following programs:

College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program – Guest Teachers AND Chinese Teachers

Embassy of Spain – Guest Teacher AND Elementary Bilingual Spanish World Lang. Secondary Bilingual

U.S.- China Teachers Exchange Program – Teacher Exchange

Fulbright Teacher Exchange – Teacher Exchange (NOTICE: As of Sept 2014 this exchange program is no longer active)

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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