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Information for Educators

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

Information for prospective educators, pre-service educators, currently licensed and/or in-service educators, and returning educators.

From K-12 students interested in careers in education, pre-service educators, in-service educators, to returning educators, TEPDL supports the entire cycle of career in education.

This page lists information you can find on our website or other website that may be helpful for those who are thinking of getting into the field of education as a new graduate or career-changer, currently enrolled in an educator preparation program in Wisconsin, or those who have completed an educator preparation program in Wisconsin or outside Wisconsin.

Educator Licensing in Wisconsin

Licensing Information for Wisconsin Educators

License Application Information

Professional Development Information

  • WEA Academy – Information on various professional development programs offered by WEA Academy.
  • NBPTS – Information on National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
  • WMEAP – Information on Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP).
  • WMEAP Renewal - Information on Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process Renewal (WMEAP-R)
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Information on Professional Development Plan, a license advancement and renewal requirement for educators based on PI 34.
  • Professional Growth – Information on professional growth requirements for license renewal.
  • Wisconsin’s Information Network for Successful Schools (WINSS) – Access to data analysis on student and school performance, best practices, and resources in school improvement including planning tools, professional development and community partnerships.

Financial Assistance

Resources for High School Students

  • Educators Rising - National networking organization for educator clubs that expose middle and high school students to careers in education.
  • Educator Preparation Programs – Information about state-approved educator preparation programs in Wisconsin.

Other Programs

  • Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) - This teaching internship program offers pre-service teachers that are enrolled in an approved educator preparation program in Wisconsin to be placed in school districts with experienced and welcoming cooperating teachers for a full semester.
  • Troops to Teachers - U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools

Careers in Education