Master Teacher
Looking for a rewarding professional development experience?
Are you tired of renewing your license every 5 years?
Do you have at least 3 years of teaching experience?
Then the Master Educator License and Board Certification may be for you!

In Wisconsin there are two paths to becoming a master educator:
Through the process of attaining the Master Educator License, educators demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of an effective "master" educator.  An educator who obtains the NBPTS certification is eligible for a 10-year Master Educator License and eligible for yearly grants for nine years!


  • Engage in the most rewarding professional development experience of your career
  • Improve students’ learning according to a vast majority of research
  • Strengthen teaching practices
  • Reform education by renewing yourself as a teacher and education leader Advance your teaching career
  • Receive an annual grant of $2500 for 9 years after achieving the certificate ($5,000 for a qualifying low income school)
  • Become licensed for 10 years as a Wisconsin Master Educator
  • Use your work in the National Board process in lieu of 6 credits for license renewal
  • For most states certification meets the definition of “highly qualified” under NCLB
  • Earn 90 district points ( 6 credits) through AASD Staff Development for completing the testing and portfolio


  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Have a valid teaching license (where required by the state)
  • Have a minimum of three years of pre K-12 classroom experience in either a public or private school.
  • Documentation of a related master's degree
  • Verification of a minimum of 5 years successful professional licensure stage experience in the field of master application or while holding a 5-year license or life license in that field prior to July 1, 2004 and be currently employed in that position
  • Evidence of contributions to the profession
  • Evidence of improved pupil learning

Support and Information

Seminars & Workshops

  • Alverno College - Contact Dr. Mary Diez- Professor of Education and Dean of Graduate Studies at (414) 382-6214.
  • Mt. Mary College - Contact Dr. Deb Dosemagen- Chair of Education Dept. at (414) 256-1214.
  • UW-Green Bay - National Board Candidate Support – No cost! (funded by WEAC grants)
  • NBPTS Registration form for UW-Green Bay Workshops (Fall 2008– Spring 2009)

Networks & Information



Master Teacher

Please send DPI employment verifications to Personnel Services attention Julie Hoffman. 
NBPTS Certification Renewal
Reimbursement Forms