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The Teacher Education Professional Development and Licensing (TEPDL) team receives many questions, so for your convenience our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been divided into the following eight categories:

General Licensing
Educator Licensing Online (ELO)
Provisional License
Substitute Teaching
Out of State
Out of State - edTPA
Background Check
Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Education Subjects
Professional Development Plan (PDP)
PDP Team Members

 

Please click on the category that best suits your question to see the answers to the FAQs for that category.

 

General Licensing

  1. How do I get a copy of my current license?
  2. Where can I find the status of my license application?
  3. How long does it take to process my license application?
  4. Which application should I use?
  5. How much does the application cost?
  6. When will I receive my new license certificate?  Will DPI mail me a copy?
  7. What tests do I need to take for my Wisconsin license application?
  8. How can I get stipulations removed from my license?
  9. How can I get my name changed on my license?
  10. I hold a life license and it shows that it is now “invalid” on License Lookup.  What should I do to make it valid again?

Educator Licensing Online (ELO)

  1. How do I get a copy of my current license?
  2. What is ELO?
  3. Will DPI accept paper applications?
  4. What is WAMS?
  5. What is Onboarding?
  6. What is ECL data?
  7. How can I get statutory stipulations removed from my license?
  8. How can I get my name changed on my license?
  9. What do some of the terms in ELO mean?
  10. Does it matter what browser I use?
  11. Which application should I use?
  12. How much does the application cost?
  13. What if I cannot login with my WAMS ID?
  14. How do I find the agency relationship?
  15. What requirements must a document meet to be uploaded into ELO?
  16. What do I do if my transcripts are in a password protected PDF file?
  17. What if I have more than one supporting document to upload?
  18. What if I don’t have a credit card?
  19. What if I need help using ELO?
  20. How do I attach documents after I completed the application?
  21. Where can I find the status of my license application?
  22. How long does it take to process my license application?
  23. How do I know that PDI received everything for my application?
  24. When will I receive my new license certificate? Will DPI mail me a copy?

 Provisional License

  1. What is a provisional license?
  2. How do I reissue my provisional license?
  3. How do I move from my provisional license to a lifetime license?
  4. What do I do if I let my provisional license expire?
  5. Am I required to complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP) or Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP)?

Substitute Teaching

  1. What is the difference between the Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license and the Three-Year Short-Term Substitute license?
  2. How long can an individual with a Three-Year Short-Term Substitute license be in a specific assignment?
  3. How long can an individual with a Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license be in a specific assignment?
  4. How can an individual show they've successfully completed the substitute teacher training for the Three-Year Short-Term Substitute license?
  5. What are the requirements to be a long-term substitute?
  6. I hold a substitute license and work at my school district as an instructional aide. According to my district, I need to take some classes in the next two years. I'm thinking about taking Psychology courses. Would those courses fulfill the requirement to maintain my substitute license?

Out of State

  1. I have an out of state educator license, how can I get a Wisconsin educator license?
  2. Will I receive the same license in Wisconsin as I hold in my state?
  3. I hold an elementary license in another state.  How will that transfer to Wisconsin?
  4. What tests do I need to take for my Wisconsin license application?
  5. I have already been an educator for several years in my state.  Do I still need to complete the testing requirements?
  6. I took the same test in my state but did not receive the passing score for Wisconsin.  Do I need to retake the test?
  7. I have taken the required test but cannot obtain a copy of my test scores.  Do I need to retake the test?
  8. Why do I need to submit employment verification forms?
  9. How do I send my application materials to the Wisconsin DPI?
  10. How do I know if I submitted the correct documentation?
  11. How can I get stipulations removed from my new Wisconsin license?

Out of State - edTPA

  1. What is the edTPA?
  2. Who is required to do the edTPA?
  3. Which edTPA handbook am I required to complete?
  4. How can I re-submit the edTPA if my score is too low?
  5. Does Wisconsin DPI accept other states' passing edTPA scores?
  6. Under what circumstances can the edTPA be waived?
  7. Where do I go if I need help with the edTPA?
  8. What are the three components of the edTPA?

Background Check

  1. I just had a background check for my employment. Do I have to do it again for my license?
  2. If I answered “yes” to any questions on the Conduct and Competency form, does that mean I won’t get a license?
  3. How long will it take to complete my background check?
  4. Once my background check is cleared, how long will it take to get my license?
  5. Can I get a copy of my criminal background check from you?
  6. How do I get my own background check?
  7. Do I need to complete fingerprints for my background check?
  8. How do I complete my fingerprints?
  9. What is the code I need for Fieldprint?
  10. Do I need to report things that occurred in another state or just things that occurred in Wisconsin?
  11. I already told my school about an incident from my past and they were fine with it – do I also have to report it to you?
  12. Must I disclose juvenile offenses?
  13. What kind of professional discipline do I need to disclose?
  14. Must I disclose discipline if it was removed from my personnel file after a period of time?
  15. My crime had nothing to do with children. Do I need to disclose it?
  16. What is the difference between a felony, a misdemeanor and forfeiture?
  17. Where can I get copies of the documents you requested?
  18. Can I just provide you with a printout from the Wisconsin Circuit Court access site (CCAP) rather than a written explanation and all of the additional paperwork?
  19. How will I know that you have received my materials?
  20. What if I need more time to get the materials you want? Can I get an extension?

  Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Education Subjects

  1. What does the school district do for professional development curriculum?
  2. Does an educator take classes as part of the professional development curriculum?
  3. Does educator who holds the Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license need to enroll in or complete an educator preparation program?
  4. Does an Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects educator need to do a PDP?
  5. Does the Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license educator need to stay with the hiring school district for the full three years prior to advancing?
  6. Can a Professional Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license educator move from district to district?
  7. How does one renew Professional Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license?

Professional Development Plan (PDP)

  1. What is a Professional Development Plan (PDP)?
  2. Who is required to do a PDP?
  3. What is the process for doing a PDP?
  4. What is the timeline for a PDP?
  5. Who are PDP team members?
  6. Does the administrator representative need to be designated by my school administrator?
  7. Can my PDP be changed by a school administrator?
  8. Can I still do my plan and have my goal approved on paper?
  9. Can I still submit my verification signatures on paper?
  10. How much will it cost to do the verification piece with a PDP service provider?
  11. My name has changed. Do I update my name with the PDP service provider before I apply for my license?
  12. How do I apply for my license?
  13. What is Educator Effectiveness (EE)?
  14. Do I need to do both a PDP and the EE system?

PDP Team Members

  1. I know that the guidelines state that educators are to convene a PDP review team and submit their goal for approval between June 1 of their first year and January 1 of their second year. What should I do if I receive a request for goal approval after January 1?
  2. I was contacted by an educator to review his goal. I reviewed the PDP goal using the "PDP Goal Approval Component Review for Initial Educators" form and didn't approve the goal. I sent my component review form with comments to the educator and never heard from the educator again. What should I do? What are my responsibilities?
  3. I was approached by an educator to review her plan. She asked me what I charge. How do I respond? Are reviewers charging?
  4. I have been an adjunct instructor for an institution of higher education (IHE) for the past five years. I took the DPI PDP team training and would like to be an IHE representative on a review team as well as a teacher peer. Am I automatically considered an IHE reviewer? What must I do?
  5. I approved an educator's PDP goal and he sent me an empty/blank "PDP Goal Approval Signature Form" for me to sign. I noticed that he should sign it as well. Does he need to sign it first? What do you recommend that I do?
  6. An educator asked me to review her plan for goal approval. She sent me the plan as an email attachment. I reviewed the plan and approved it. What do I do with her plan? Do I keep it for future reference?