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ELO - Educator Licensing Online

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.

The first phase of ELO went live in January 2014. For the latest updates on the Educator Licensing Online project, please visit the following webpage: ELO.
 

Project Overview

In May 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) won a three-year ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant to support accountability. Specifically, a portion of the grant money allowed WDPI to procure or build an online educator licensing system due to the limitations of Wisconsin’s aging, paper-based teacher licensing system. 

Project activities have taken longer than anticipated and a one-year extension of the federal grant was requested and has been approved. 

The online education licensing system will reduce cycle time to process a license, improve data quality and provide real-time licensure data. In the current education climate where many of us are asked to do more for less, WDPI is committed to assisting educators, school districts and education preparation programs to achieve greater efficiency in their part of the licensure process.

Ultimately, the new system will significantly improve the turnaround time to issue license and provide an improved client support to all WDPI stakeholders.