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ELO First-time Application and Renewal Directions for Educational Interpreters

Directions for First-time Educational Interpreter Applicants

Educational Interpreter Renewal Requirements

Requirements and directions to obtain an Educational Interpreter License under PI 34.086

Applicants must all of the following requirements:

  1. Hold an interpreter training program certificate from an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. The program shall include the following coursework:

     

    • English to American Sign Language interpretation
    • American Sign Language to English interpretation
    • Transliterating and oral interpreting
    • Current practices for interpreters in educational settings
    • Ethical practices as it relates to interpreters
  2. Completed a practicum of at least 150 hours in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with a licensed educational interpreter assigned as a mentor. Completion shall be verified by a representative from a higher education interpreter training program or the school district administrator where the practicum took place.
  3. Has a passing score on the written and educational interpreter performance assessment (EIPA), set by the state superintendent in consultation with the state superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs. Current passing score for the EIPA performance is 3.3.

Alternative Eligibility

An educational interpreter license may also be issued to an applicant who meets components one and two below:

  1. Holds one of the following licenses or certifications:

     

    • A sign language interpreter 151-150 license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
    • One of the following certifications from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf:
      • National Interpreter Certification
      • Registry for Interpreters of the Deaf K-12
      • Certificate of interpretation and certificate of transliteration
      • Comprehensive skills certificate
      • Master comprehensive skills certificate
      • Certified deaf interpreter or deaf interpreter
      • A basic, advanced, or master certification from the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
      • Certification from an organization approved by the state superintendent in consultation with the state superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs
  2. Completed a practicum of at least 150 hours in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with a licensed educational interpreter assigned as a mentor. Completion shall be verified by a representative from a higher education interpreter training program or the school district administrator where the practicum took place.

How to Apply for First-time Educational Interpreter License:

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5-step graphic

1. Determine if you must submit fingerprints

2. Gather Documents

Review the information above for eligibility requirements. There are two eligibility options. Scan all documentation into files (.pdf, .doc/docx, .jpg/jpeg, or .txt) that are 2MB or less in size

  • For alternate eligibility via an approved interpreter training program:
    • Verification of a valid certification from one of the organizations listed under alternative eligibility.
    • Verification of completion of at least a 150 hour practicum in a PK-12 setting.
    • (Letter from program verifying practicum or PI-1613 employment verification form verifying two semesters of experience as an educational interpreter in a PK-12 setting.)
  • Transcripts, verifying completion of an approved interpreter training program.
    • PI-1612-INT filled out by your interpreter training program
    • EIPA performance results
    • EIPA written results
  • Preview the ELO Conduct & Competency Questions to see if you will need to provide documentation of any alleged misconduct.
 

3. Log in to Educator Licensing Online (ELO) with your WAMS ID

  • Within ELO, make sure you have answered the three onboarding questions.
  • Find the Start a New Transaction for a New License section of the Quick Start Menu. Select the same choices in the drop-down menu in the application screenshot below:

O020 - 1020

  • Choose "4-Other Category"
  • Choose "Educational Interpreter License [O020]"
  • Choose "Other: Request Educational Interpreter License [1020]"
  • Click the “GO!” button..

If you are applying for a substitute Educational Interpreter license:

Select the same choices in the drop-down menu application screenshot below:O020 - 1024

  • Choose "4-Other Category"
  • Choose Educational Interpreter License [O020]"
  • Choose Educational Interpreter: Request Substitute License [1024]"
  • Click the “GO!” button.

4. Receive Email Confirmation

 

5. Complete Application on ELO

  • Click the GO! button next to “Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application.”
  • Review your fees.
  • Complete the Conduct and Competency Questionnaire (14 questions).
  • Pay with a credit card or pre-paid card.

Educational Interpreter Renewal Requirements under PI 34.086

EIPA SCORE CHANGES: The State Superintendent's Advisory Council on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs recommended and the DPI has accepted that the required EIPA Performance score for the renewable educational interpreter license be set at 3.3 beginning July 1, 2019, and be set at 3.5 beginning July 1, 2020.

  • For EIPA Performance assessments taken on or before June 30, 2019, we will accept the 3.0 passing score.
  • For EIPA Performance assessments taken between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, we will accept 3.3 or better for renewal.
  • For EIPA Performance assessments taken on or after July 1, 2020, we will accept 3.5 or better for renewal.

Applications for renewal are accepted as early as January of the year the license is to expire, but not earlier. 

An educational interpreter license may be renewed if the licensee meets one of the cited components in both parts one and two:

  1. The licensee completes one of the following educational components:
  • Completes 5 semester credits of continuing professional education from an accredited college or university. A licensee can satisfy 2 of the semester credits by serving as a mentor to a student currently participating in an Interpreter training program who is working to complete their 150-hour practicum.
  • Completes 7.5 continuing education units (CEUs) approved by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or Board for Evaluation of Interpreters. A licensee can satisfy 3 continuing education units by serving as a mentor to a student currently participating in an Interpreter training program who is working to complete their 150-hour practicum.

 You can not submit a combination of CEUs and credits.

 

2. The licensee does one of the following skill verification components:

  • Passes the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) with a renewal score set by the state superintendent in consultation with the State Superintendent's Advisory Council on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs.
  • Obtains or maintains one of the licenses or certifications listed below:
    • Wisconsin Department of Safety and Public Services (DSPS) - Sign Language Interpreter 150-151
    • Certifications from National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
      • National Interpreter Certification
      • Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf K-12
      • Certificate of Interpretation and certification of transliteration
      • Comprehensive skills certificate
      • Master comprehensive skills certificate
      • Certified deaf interpreter or deaf interpreter
      • A basic, advanced, or master certification from the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
      • Certification from an organization approved by the state superintendent in consultation with the state superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs.

*Please note: Assessments, including the EIPA, do NOT count as a credit/CEU

 

5-step graphic

1. Determine if you must submit fingerprints

2. Gather Documents

Scan all documentation into files (.pdf, .doc/docx, .jpg/jpeg, or .txt) that are 2MB or less in size

  • Transcripts verifying completion of five semester credits of professional education from an accredited college or university
  • Transcript or certificates verifying completion of 7.5 CEUS approved by RID or BEI
  • Mentoring documentation verifying mentoring hours earned
  • EIPA performance score report verifying passing score
  • Verification of a valid certificate from one of the organizations listed under alternative eligibility
  • Preview the ELO Conduct & Competency Questions to see if you will need to provide documentation of any alleged misconduct.

3. Log in to Educator Licensing Online (ELO) with your WAMS ID

  • Within ELO, make sure you have answered the three onboarding questions.
  • Go to the "Manage your license information" section and choose the "Request License Action [6090]" transaction from the drop-down menu next to your current license.

4. Receive Email Confirmation

 

5. Complete Application on ELO

  • Click the GO! button next to “Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application.”
  • Review your fees.
  • Complete the Conduct and Competency Questionnaire (14 questions).
  • Pay with a credit card or pre-paid card.

For questions about this information, contact Ariana Baker

Submit questions and comments about this information to the Licensing Online Help desk.