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Frequently Asked Questions - Provisional License

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.

Questions

  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)?

Answers

1.  What is a Provisional license?

A Provisional license is a three-year license available to teachers, administrators and pupil service professionals. A Provisional license may be issued to educators who completed an approved educator preparation program. This is a full license.

2.  How do I reissue my Provisional license?

If experience requirements for the Lifetime license have not yet been met before the expiration of a Provisional license, an educator may apply to reissue their Provisional license. There is no limit to the number of reissuances for Provisional licenses.  There is no professional development required to reissue your Provisional license.

3.  How do I move from my Provisional license to a Lifetime license?

If a Provisionally licensed educator has six semesters of successful experience in a position that meets the following criteria, they may apply for Lifetime licensure:

  • Experience completed in the license area (Teaching, Administration or Pupil Services) while holding either a Provisional, Initial Educator, Professional Educator or Master Educator license.
  • Experience completed in the five years immediately preceding the July 1 start date of the Lifetime license.
  • Experience must be providing direct services to students or providing administrative oversight in a prekindergarten through grade 12 setting in the license area of the Provisional license verified as successful experience by an educational entity in Wisconsin.

Note: Short-term substitute experience does not meet the experience requirement listed above.

Follow the ELO Application Directions for Lifetime License to apply to move from a Provisional license to a Lifetime license.

4.  What do I do if I let my Provisional license expire?

You may apply to reissue your Provisional license. There is no limit to the number of reissuances for Provisional licenses.  There is no professional development required to reissue your Provisional license.  Licenses are effective July 1 of the year of issuance.

5.  Am I required to complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP) or an Educator Effectiveness Plan (EEP)?

Educators are not required to complete either the PDP or the EPP for license renewal. However, an educator may be required by their employer to complete a PDP or an EEP for employment purposes.  For questions about what professional development is necessary for employment, contact your employer.