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Educator Licenses

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.

License Areas

The following are license areas for Educator Licenses issued under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34:

Grade Ranges

Educator licenses issued under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 are based on the following grade ranges:

Teaching Areas Grade Ranges
Early Childhood (Regular Education and Special Education) Birth - 3
Elementary and Middle School Kindergarten - 9
Middle and High School 4 - 12
Prekindergarten through grade 12 PK - 12
Kindergarten through grade 12 Cross-Categorical Special Education K - 12
 

License Stages

Educator licenses issued under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 are based on the following license stages and tiers:

  1. Provisional Educator License, Tier II

    Educators who completed an approved educator preparation program for the first time in a license category (Teaching, Administrator or Pupil Services) after September 23, 2017 will be issued a Provisional Educator License for each license within that category.

  2. Lifetime Educator License, Tier III

    A Lifetime Educator License may be issued to educators who successfully completed at least six semesters of experience in the category of their Provisional Educator license and have completed all statutory requirements.

  3. Master Educator License, Tier IV

    This optional lifetime license may be issued to educators who successfully completed a National Board Certification by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) or a Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP).

License Effective Dates

Provisional Educator Licenses are issued for a period of three years, with typical effective dates starting July 1 ending June 30.  These licenses may be renewed an unlimited number of times.  If an applicant completes a state-approved program after September 1, the license may be issued with an effective date that corresponds with the program completion date. The license will be valid until June 30 following the third full school year. 

 

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