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General Information for Teaching Licenses

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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:

Unless otherwise specified, applicants for licenses in the category of teaching must have:

  1. Completed of a state-approved educator preparation program in the licensure area.
  2. A minimum of bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Speech Language and Pathologist must have a master’s degree.

Phonics Requirements

Licenses in early childhood education, elementary education, reading teacher, and reading specialist require completion of training in the teaching of reading that includes phonics. Phonics is the teaching of reading using the phonic value of letters, letter groups and syllables.

Completion of phonics requirements is required before a license can be issued in the subject area mentioned above. This requirement can be fulfilled through university coursework, conferences, seminars, or workshops.

Licenses Issued Prior to July 2004

Five-year teaching licenses that were issued before Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 took effect in 2004 might have been issued for a subject and/or grade level that are not listed above. Upon applications, these 5-year teaching licenses will be renewed as Professional Educator License. However, in some cases the subject and/or grade level will remain as they were.

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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