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Five-Year Long-Term Substitute 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.

A Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license may be issued to an applicant who has completed an approved education preparation program and has held or is eligible to hold a Wisconsin license or the equivalent license in another state.

A Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license allows the license holder to be a long-term substitute in the subject and grade level in which they are licensed. It also allows the license holder to be a short-term (no more than 45 days in a specific assignment) substitute in a subject or grade level outside their license area. This license is valid for 5 years with an option to renew.

For a long-term substitute assignment outside the subject or grade level of the license, the applicant may apply for a One-Year License with Stipulations if requested by the employing school district. One-Year Licenses with Stipulations require the license holder to be enrolled in and complete a state-approved educator preparation program in the subject or grade level of their assignment under the One-Year License with Stipulations.

This license is issued for a period of 5 years and may be renewed.

License Application Requirements

To apply for a Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license:

  • Applicant must have completed an approved educator preparation program and has previously held a Wisconsin educator license; OR
  • Applicant must have completed an approved educator preparation program and is eligible to hold a Wisconsin educator license; OR
  • Applicant has completed an approved educator preparation program outside of Wisconsin and holds an equivalent license from that state.

License Renewal Requirements

To renew a Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license:

  • There is no professional growth requirement for renewal of five-year substitute license. Submit an application and fee to renew the Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license.

Application Process

To apply and renew: ELO System.

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