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Out-of-State Elementary Education Candidates

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.

The grade ranges for teacher licenses in Wisconsin do not always match up to the grade levels used on other states' licenses.  Wisconsin grade ranges are:

Teaching Areas Grades Ranges
Early Childhood (Regular Education and Special Education) PK – 3
Elementary and Middle School K – 9
Middle and High School 4 – 12
Prekindergarten through grade 12 PK – 12
Kindergarten through grade 12 Cross-Categorical Special Education K – 12


The corresponding Wisconsin license for most elementary education preparation programs in other states is our Elementary/Middle School license.  Examples from neighboring states:

State License WI License Required Tests
Illinois

Early Childhood Education (Birth-grade 3)

 

 

Elementary Education (K-9)

PK-3

 

 

 

K-9

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

 

  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Iowa

PK-K or PK-3

 

 

Elementary Classroom (1-6)

PK-K or PK-3

 

 

K-6

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
     
  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Michigan

Elementary Education Certificate with Early Childhood Education endorsement (ZA or ZS)

 

 

Elementary Education Certificate (K-5)

 

Regular Education EC-MC

 

 


K-5

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test


 

  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
Minnesota

Pre-Kindergarten, Pre-Primary, or Early Childhood Education (PK-3 or K-3)

 

 

Elementary Education (K-6 or 1-6)

PK-3 or K-3

 

 

K-6 or 1-6

  • Praxis II Elementary Education (5014) or (5018)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

 

  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

 

Kindergarten

Wisconsin licenses that include Kindergarten require that a candidate have proper preparation in Early Childhood Education.  Few K-6 preparation programs outside of Wisconsin are comparable to DPI-approved Early Childhood programs.  

A candidate would likely qualify for a Wisconsin Early Childhood license with a double-major in elementary ed and early childhood or possibly with a major in elementary ed and minor in early childhood.  A Kindergarten endorsement from another state is not by itself sufficient to obtain a Wisconsin teacher license that includes Kindergarten.