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Contact Information for Approved Educator Preparation Programs

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 following includes contact information for the educator preparation programs approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Approved Educator Preparation Program Contact
Alverno College, Milwaukee

Kim Jacobson, Director of Clinical Placement and Licensing

(414) 382-6268

Patricia Luebke, Dean

(414) 382-6238

Beloit College, Beloit

William New, Department Chair

(608) 363-2326

Tracy Ehlers, Program Coordinator

(608) 363-2325

Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee

Janice Jones, Interim Associate Dean

(414) 410-4687

Carroll University, Waukesha

Kimberly Hofkamp, Certification Officer

(262) 524-7128

Carthage College, Kenosha

Kathleen Barca, Certification Officer

(262) 551-2375

CESA 1 PBL – Proficiency-Based Licensure

Dawn Rice, Assistant Director

(262) 787-9500 ext 9547

CESA 6 RITE – Residency in Teacher Education

Nancy Jaeger​, Coordinator

(920) 236-0508

CESA 7 TDC – Teacher Development Center Jeffrey Dickert, Dean

(920) 617-5612
CESA 9 ETP - Excellence in Teaching Program

Al Betry, Program Director

(715) 453-2141

College of Menominee Nation, Keshena

Dr. Diana Morris, Dean of Instruction

(715) 799-5600

Concordia University, Mequon

James Pingel, Dean of School of Education

(262) 243-4214

Edgewood College, Madison

Deborah Stamler, Certification Officer

(608) 663-3216

eduCATE – Project Teaching!

Mariah Kaiser, Program Administrator

(715) 246-6555

eduCATE – 10SPED

Kelsey Moe, Program Administrator

(715) 246-6555

eduCATE – WISCAD: Wisconsin School Administrator Certification Program

Kelsey Moe, Program Administrator

(715) 246-6555

Lakeland College, Sheboygan

John Yang, Director (Teaching and Administrative licenses)

(920) 565-1000

Deborah Bilzing, Director (Pupil Services licenses)

(920) 565-1021

Lawrence University, Appleton

Stewart Purkey, Certification Officer

(920) 832-6714

Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown

Robert Lazzell, Director of Field Experiences

(920) 261-9300

Marian University, Fond du Lac

Paul Menard, Director of Teacher Education

(920) 923-7635

Marquette University, Milwaukee

Kirsten Lathrop, Certification Officer

(414) 288-7375

Terry Burant, Director of Teacher Education

(414) 288-1432

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee

Ruth Barratt, Certification Officer

(414) 277-2230

Dan Pavletich, Associate Director

(414) 277-2486

Mount Mary University, Milwaukee

Debra Dosemagen, Education Department Chair

(414) 930-3160

MTEC – Milwaukee Teacher Education Center

Gretchen Kroll, Teacher Certification Director

(414) 375-0168

Northland College, Ashland

Kevin Zak, Education Department Chair and EPP Director

(715) 682-1349

Ripon College, Ripon

Jean Ridgen - Director of Teacher Education

(920) 748-8698

Silver Lake College, Manitowoc

Michael Dunlap, Dean

(920) 686-6370

St. Norbert College, DePere

Reid Riggle, Certification Officer

​(920) 403-3065

UW – Eau Claire

Donna Anders, Certification Officer

(715) 836-5984

UW – Green Bay

Pao Lor, Professor/Program Chair

(920) 465-2426

UW – La Crosse

Ashley Cree, Certification Officer

(608) 785-8127

Marcie Wycoff Horn, Dean

(608) 785-8134

UW – Madison

Samantha Baruah, Associate Director of Teacher Education Center

(608) 890-3481

UW – Milwaukee

Kathy L. Berry, Certification Officer

(414) 229-4721

UW – Oshkosh

Dr. Elizabeth Alderton, Interim Dean

(920) 424-3322

UW – Oshkosh – ACT!: Alternative Careers in Teaching

Michael E. Beeth, Director

(920) 424-3326

UW – Parkside (Kenosha)

Denise Hancock, Certification Officer

(262) 595-2162

UW – Platteville

Elizabeth Runde, Program Assistant

(608) 342-1130

UW – River Falls

Michael Martin, Certification Officer

(715) 425-3774

UW – Stevens Point

Maggie Beeber, Certification Officer

(715) 346-2040

UW – Stout (Menomonie)

Heather Klanderman, Certification Officer

(715) 232-4088

UW – Superior

Michael Buncher, Certification Officer

(715) 394-8145

Wendy Kropid, Assistant Dean of Education

(715) 394-8071

UW – Whitewater

Jillian Smith, Certification Officer

(262) 472-1101

Viterbo University, LaCrosse

Sara Cook, Dean

(608) 796-3382

Jeannette Armstrong, Director of Graduate Programs

(608) 796-3395

Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee

Alan Bitter, Certification Officer

(414) 443-8565

Kristina Magsig, EDU Office Manager

(414) 443-8818

Note for educator preparation programs: Please use the PI-1604 EPP Contact Form for changes in information above.