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Wisconsin DPI License Based on Equivalency (LBE)

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 purpose of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) License Based on Equivalency (LBE) standards-based assessment process is to provide another pathway to a Wisconsin teaching license for people with teaching experience directly related to the license being sought.

The Wisconsin DPI LBE process is based on performance and designed for applicants to substantiate proficiency in the Wisconsin educator standards. To obtain a Wisconsin teaching license through the Wisconsin DPI LBE process, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. A subject-area major or the equivalent of a major, if applying for licensure at the early adolescence to adolescence (EA-A) or early childhood to adolescence (EC-A) developmental levels, directly related to the licensure sought;
  3. Three years of teaching experience directly related to the developmental level and subject of the licensure sought;
  4. Basic skills, content knowledge, and pedagogical knowledge demonstrated through assessments prescribed by the state superintendent;
  5. Competence in Wisconsin Teaching Standards 1 though 8 as demonstrated by a passing score on the edTPA and the appropriate content knowledge test;
  6. Competence in Wisconsin Teacher Standards 9 and 10; and
  7. Satisfaction of all requirements required by Wisconsin statute and administrative rule.

THE LBE HANDBOOK WILL HELP YOU DETERMINE THE LICENSE FOR WHICH YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE.  IT EXPLAINS THE STEPS IN THE WISCONSIN DPI LBE PROCESS. READ IT CAREFULLY BEFORE BEGINNING A WISCONSIN DPI LBE APPLICATION.

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