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ELO Applications Tips for a Professional Teaching Permit

Updates on the Professional and Master Educator License conversion to Lifetime Licenses; the Background Check application

Important Notice

We continue to work with our vendor on the conversions from “Professional Educator” to “Lifetime Educator.” Please note that educators who hold a valid “Professional" or "Master" Educator License with NO statutory stipulations are already considered to have a “Lifetime License,” even though that status is not currently reflected on our website. At this time there is NO ACTION REQUIRED by educators. Once the conversion is completed we will inform license holders and other stakeholders of the update to our system.

Additionally, Act 59 requires DPI to run a background check every five years on every educator who holds a lifetime license. At this point in time, the Lifetime License background check process has not been finalized because we need to get the Lifetime licenses issued. Once the new process is in place, we will notify those educators who need to have a DPI background check this year and provide instructions.
 

Directions for Professional Teaching Permit applicants:

IF there is some type of misconduct that needs to be reported, prepare and attach a written explanation of what happenedYou must also provide complete electronic (scanned) copies of documents associated with the matter that can corroborate / illuminate your explanation of the incident. These may include the criminal complaint, judgment of conviction, police reports, disciplinary letters/findings, correspondence, etc., as applicable.  (Note: Court history information printed from the CCAP web site is NOT sufficient.)

  • You will need to scan required documents into PDF files that are less than 2 MB in size each and save the files so that they are readily available to upload into ELO during the application process.
  • Log into the ELO system - http://elo.wieducatorlicensing.org to apply. The bottom section allows you to start a new application:

  • Please note that there are two transactions for this application.  The first transaction is used to gather pertinent data and must be approved by DPI before you can complete the second transaction.  There may be a time-lag between your submission of the first transaction and DPI’s notification to you that you may move to the second transaction.

  • You will pay your application fee during the second transaction.  Have your credit card ready.  If you do not already have a credit card, you should purchase a pre-paid credit card at a convenience store.

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For additional information on Professional Teaching Permits, please see https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways/professional-teaching-permits.

 

Contact the ELO Help Desk - https://dpi.wi.gov/support/contact-educator-licensing?contact=Licensing