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WELS Teacher Re-Certification

This process was developed and approved by the WELS Conference of Presidents in order to respond to the desire of inactive WELS teachers to return to active ministry in WELS classrooms. The process was adopted to insure that returning teachers recognize the strategic and technological changed that have occurred in education and ministry, and to assure congregations and schools that the teachers to whom they extend Divine Calls are well-prepared for classroom ministry.

For re-certification, inactive WELS teachers are divided into the three categories below.

Recertification: Inactive Less Than Five Years


Recertification: Inactive for Five or More Years


Recertification: Inactive for Five or More Years, but Teaching Outside WELS

Recertification: For All WELS Teachers Returning from Foreign Service