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Licensure Program Content Guidelines

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 lists Licensure Program Guidelines for use by educator preparation program providers offering approved educator preparation programs under Wis. Admin. PI 34. Some of the guidelines are still under revision. Until all areas have been finalized, you may reference previous Content Guidelines for Program Approval (see link below). 

ADMINISTRATIVE

Wisconsin Content Guidelines

Alignment Charts to National Standards

Superintendent (03/5003)

Superintendent Alignment Chart

Director of Instruction (10/5010)

Director of Instruction Alignment Chart

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services  (80/5080)

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Alignment Chart

School Business Administrator (08/5008)

School Business Administrator Alignment Chart

Principal (51/5051)

Principal Alignment Chart

Instructional Technology Coordinator (92/5092)

 

Career and Technology Education Coordinator  (93/5093)

 

Reading Specialist  (17/5017)

 

Library Media Supervisor  (91/5091)

 

Program Coordinator  (64/5064)

 

 

PUPIL SERVICES

School Counselor (54/7054)

School Nurse (75/7075)

School Psychologist (62/7062)

School Social Worker (50/7050)

 

TEACHING

Developmental Teaching

Early Childhood (Birth – Age 8) (70)

Early Childhood – Middle Childhood (Birth – Age 11) (71)

Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (Age 6 – 12 or 13) (72)

Special Education Teaching

Early Childhood – Special Education  (Birth – Age 8) (809/1809)

Cross Categorical Special Education  (801/1801)

Cognitive Disability  (810/1810)

Emotional/Behavioral Disorders  (830/1830)

Specific Learning Disabilities  (811/1811)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing  (805/1805)

Speech and Language Pathology  (820/1820)

Visual Impairments  (825/1825)

Early Adolescence – Adolescence Teaching

Broad-field Language Arts  (301/1301)

English (300/1300)

Journalism (310/1310)

Speech Communication  (320/1320)

Mathematics (400/1400)

Computer Science (405/1405)

Broad-field Science (601/1601)

Biology (605/1605)

Chemistry (610/1610)

Earth and Space Science (635/1635)

Environmental Science (615/1615)

Life and Environmental Science (606/1606)

Physical Science (637/1637)

Physics (625/1625)

Broad-field Social Studies (701/1701)

Economics (710/1710)

Geography (715/1715)

History (725/1725)

Political Science (735/1735)

Psychology (740/1740)

Sociology (745/1745)

Early Childhood – Adolescence Teaching

Agriculture (200/1200)

Art (550/1550)

Business Education (250/1250)

Dance (536/1536)

English as a Second Language (395/1395)

Family and Consumer Education (210/1210)

Health Education (910/1910)

Marketing Education (285/1285)

Music – Choral (511/1511)

Music – General Music (515/1515)

Music – Instrumental (506/1506)

Physical Education (530/1530)

Theatre (325/1325)

Technology Education (220/1220)

World Languages

Supplemental Teaching

Adaptive Education (859/1859)

Adaptive Physical Education (860/1860)

Alternative Education (952/1952)

Assistive Technology (858/1858)

Athletic Coaching (540/1540)

Bilingual/Bicultural Education (023/1023)

Driver Education/Safety (450/1450, 455/1455)

Gifted and Talented (014/1014)

Library Media Specialist (902/1902) - Updated Nov 2016
Note: The State Superintendent will be issuing a scope statement to revise PI 34 requirements for this license based on recommendations from a state workgroup.

Reading Teacher (316/1316)