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Pathway for Educators Prepared Outside the United States

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:

Educators who are prepared outside the United States may be eligible for an educator license in Wisconsin. Eligibility is determined based on the general requirements for a Wisconsin educator license:

  1. Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in education, or
  2. Applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with teacher training and received a teacher certificate or credential.
  3. Applicants must complete all Wisconsin testing requirements.

Credential Evaluation*

Prospective applicants must first contact a professional evaluation service agency for an assessment of their credentials in terms of degree, course equivalence, and translation of course titles.

The following is the list of evaluation agencies commonly used by applicants.  The Department is not endorsing any agency but merely providing this list for convenience.

Please contact each agency directly for more information including their fee information.

Prospective applicants should carefully review the credential evaluation report prepared by the professional evaluation agency to determine whether they have the equivalent of the professional training (i.e. degree, professional teacher training) required for a Wisconsin educator license. If so, they may proceed to the license application process.

*If you completed an approved program in an American territory (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, or Virgin Islands) you are not required to have a credential evaluation completed. Transcripts must be in English.

Three-Year Short-Term Substitute License

If the credential evaluation does not verify the equivalent of bachelor’s degree in education or completion of teacher training program, but does verify a bachelor’s or associate's degree in a subject area, applicants may be eligible for a Three-Year Short-Term Substitute license.  For more information about Three-Year Short-Term Substitute license, please see the Three-Year Short-Term Substitute License page

Testing Requirements

Applicants must complete all Wisconsin testing requirements, including basic skills and content area tests specific to the license(s) sought, before a Wisconsin educator license may be issued.  For more information please see Testing Requirements for Wisconsin Educator Preparation Programs.

License Application Process

To apply for a Wisconsin educator license: ELO System.

Some applicants are required to submit fingerprints as part of the background check process. Please refer to Background Check and Fingerprint below in Related Information to determine if you need to submit fingerprints.

  1. Carefully complete all information required on the application.
  2. Upload all relevant supporting documentation with the application:
    • Original course-by-course credential evaluation report prepared by a professional credential evaluation agency.
    • Copy of any educator license issued by a state department of education if applicable.
    • Copies of passing scores from all tests required for Wisconsin licensure.
  3. Upload a completed PI-1613 Experience Verification form(s) if applicable. This form must be completed by each employer that is listed in your application.
  4. Carefully answer every question on the Conduct and Competency. Upload supporting documentation as instructed.
  5. Submit fingerprints electronically if applicable.
  6. Remit the correct application fee.

Incomplete applications will delay processing. When incomplete applications are reviewed, applicants are notified with specific instructions regarding missing information. Please respond promptly to avoid further delay the processing of the application.

Statutory Stipulations

Applicants who completed non-Wisconsin (including non-US) educator preparation programs are commonly issued a Wisconsin license with statutory stipulations. Additional coursework is required to remove the statutory stipulations before a regular license may be issued (see Statutory License Stipulations).