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Educational Interpreter Licensing Information

This page provides information on the DPI licensing requirements, schedules for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), tools developed to support effective practices, and more.

Interpreter License Requirements

The DPI license requirements for an educational interpreter are listed in PI 34.34 (3). Information can be found on the website under Educator Licensing at: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing. The initial license requires 2 years of course work related to interpreter preparation and is a 5-year license. Renewal requirements include taking and passing the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and successfully completing 5 additional credits or a Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Section 440.032 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires interpreters to have a DSPS sign language interpreter license, except for “school or school-sponsored events.” To assist in determining when an event should be considered “school or school-sponsored,” the department has developed the following document below. This document is intended to reflect the current understanding between DPI and DSPS, and has been reviewed by the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on DHH.

Guidance for DPI-Licensed Education Interpreters

Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) - License Renewal Requirements

In order to renew their license, all educational interpreters are required to take and "pass" a national test of their interpreting skills as part of their 6 credits or PDP. The test used in Wisconsin is the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), and it counts as one credit toward license renewal.


The EIPA is a standardized, valid and reliable assessment of interpreting skill that is used in more than 28 states to measure interpreting competency specific to working with children in our schools in grades K-12. It is owned and managed by Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. It is scored from 1 (low) to 5 (high). The "passing score" in Wisconsin is 3.0 or better. Each year, DPI staff proctor the EIPA at CESA’s, alternating between even-numbered CESA’s one year and odd-numbered CESA’s the next. To avoid conflicts with work time, the EIPA is given on Friday evenings and Saturdays. The annual schedule is ready and sent out via email and on this website by September each year. For more information about the EIPA, go to: www.classroominterpreting.org.

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Professional Development Plan Modified for Educational Interpreters

DPI licensing (PI 34.34) allows, but does not require, educational interpreters to complete a PDP for license renewal in place of earning 6 credits. Since educational interpreters are not teachers, the process has been modified to reflect the work done by educational interpreters. One thing to note: Educational Interpreters DO NOT use the Initial Educator Process but, when they wish, follow the Professional Educator process.

 

License Renewal Application--Wisconsin

Please refer to the Educator Licensing website for general information on license renewal and application form.

For license renewal: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/renewal
License application forms: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo
For questions about this information, contact DPI Sped Team (608) 266-1781