License Based On Equivalency (LBE) (WI)

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License Based On Equivalency (LBE) (WI)

The License Based on Equivalency (LBE) is applicable to those teachers and administrators who hold a valid license in good standing from another state, have at least one year of experience under the license in that state, and an offer of employment from a school in Wisconsin, to apply for a Wisconsin license.

License Valid for 5 years
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Wisconsin
Contact Name: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI)
Contact Phone: 608-266-3390
For more information please visit the state website:

It is limited to those applicants who have three years of teaching experience and are unlicensed private or postsecondary teachers, OR applicants who have completed an alternative route preparation program outside Wisconsin.

Two program options are available for the LBE:
Wisconsin DPI –

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Major in Content Language

Prior Certification: Must Hold Out of State Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Exam(s): One exam is required.

Out of state applicants may also submit scores of an out of state basic skills exam. The DPI will make the final decision after a review of all scores.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:

May have completed alternative-route teacher preparation program in another state or a teacher preparation program in another country

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
1 in a private or charter school, postsecondary education, or a workplace years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


    Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Passing Score: Intermediate High

ACTFL OPI, WPT in Hebrew is not currently tested, but is accepted by Wisconsin.

Applicants enrolled in a Wisconsin teacher program that have met passing scores in Praxis II: Tests in French, German and Spanish prior to September 2011 may use these scores.

Applicants going through WDPI program must pass edPTA exam. They must also demonstrate competence by showing examples of work.

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: Individual
Online at:

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Nonrenewable

Total cost of going through WDPI is $250.

Total cost for using CSEA#1 and it’s support structure “New to Wisconsin Proficiency-based Assessment Program” is $3,960.

Processing time is estimated.
Background checks are required from U.S. applicants (not from Wisconsin), Canada, and Great Britain (England, Scotland, or Wales) applicants.


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

International credential evaluations sites:

Two program providers for LBE as the applicant works toward an Out-of-State Initial License:
1. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers Licensed Based on Equivalency (LBE)


Applicants are recommended to read the Wisconsin DPI LBE Handbook

2. Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA #1)


The New to Wisconsin Proficiency-based Assessment Program (N2W) allows educators who completed a non-traditional educator program outside of Wisconsin to convert their credentials to a Wisconsin educator license under PI-34.

You may print this route.

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

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