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Montessori License Pathway

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.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Completed a teacher preparation program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education or Montessori International
  • Seeking to teach in a Wisconsin public Montessori school

 

Seeking a Montessori license?

Educators who fit this pathway profile have already completed a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.  To be eligible for this license, the teacher must also complete required tests, an edTPA, and a course in special education.

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If you fit this pathway profile:

  1. COMPLETE all the requirements of the approved teacher licensure program.
  2. PREPARE electronic copies of required documents:
    1. Institutional Endorsement form (PI-1612) from teacher preparation program
    2. Transcripts that document bachelor's degree and a 3 credit course in special education
    3. Content area test
      1. For Infant-Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary I levels: Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge Test (5018)
      2. For Elementary II and Secondary levels: Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
    4. ​edTPA score report
    5. Score report for the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System.


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