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DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The four most common topics of discussion are:

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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:

Under Wis. Admin. Code PI 34, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction currently issues the following teaching licenses for specific grade ranges.  Licenses issued under previous Wis. Admin Code PI 34 may have been issued for different subjects and grade/developmental levels:

Licenses Grade Range
Early Childhood – Regular Education Birth-3
Early Childhood – Special Education Birth-3
Elementary and Middle School K-9
English and Language Arts 4-12
Mathematics 4-12
Computer Science 4-12
Science 4-12
Social Studies 4-12
Cross-categorical Special Education K-12
Agriculture Education PK-12
Art PK-12
Business Education PK-12
Dance PK-12
Deaf or Hard of Hearing PK-12
Family and Consumer Education PK-12
English as Second Language PK-12
French PK-12
German PK-12
Latin PK-12
Russian PK-12
Spanish PK-12
Other foreign languages PK-12
Health PK-12
Marketing Education PK-12
Music PK-12
Physical Education PK-12
Speech and Language Pathology PK-12
Technology Education PK-12
Theatre PK-12
Visual Impairment PK-12
Instructional Library Media Specialist PK-12


Seeking a Teacher License in Wisconsin?

Go to the Pathways to Licensure page to learn how to obtain your Wisconsin teacher license.


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