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International Exchange and Guest Teacher Pathway

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:

Candidate Profile

  • Equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree as verified by international credentialing service
  • 3 years of teaching experience
  • Seeking time-limited Wisconsin license

Seeking a Wisconsin Teaching License as an out-of-country applicant for a time-limited teaching assignment?

People who fit this pathway profile are being supported by a Wisconsin public school district as part of an international teaching exchange program or as an international guest teacher. Candidates must have 3 years of teaching experience and have the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree as verified by an international credentialing agency. This pathway is designed to provide time-limited licensure to allow eligible educators from other nations to come to the U.S. to teach in Wisconsin.


If you fit this pathway profile:


  1. DETERMINE your eligibility and follow the steps identified on the Guest Teacher License page and the International Exchange and Guest Teacher Pathway PDF
  2. SEEK school district assistance to complete the application process.
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System.