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APPENDIX D: PSC Definitions and Acronyms

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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:

As a participant in the discussion of the Professional Standards Council, knowledge of a variety of definitions and acronyms will be helpful. Listed below are some of the common definitions and acronyms that may be used in these discussions:


  • Accredited: An educational institution meets required educational standards or accepted criteria of quality in its educational program established by a recognized state, regional, or national accrediting agency.
  • Approved Program: A professional education program approved by the State Superintendent that is developed and offered by Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) or an alternative standards based training and assessment program in Wisconsin.
  • Cooperating Teacher: A licensed school professional who supervises students during their clinical program in cooperation with the college/university supervising staff.
  • Developmental Levels: Five levels of licensing in Wisconsin based on pupil age for each developmental level.
  • Initial Educator: An individual who has successfully completed an approved program and who is licensed by the department for the first time in a particular level or category.
  • Highly Qualified Educator: An educator who holds a regular license for his/her assignment or has a major or minor in the subjects they teach or has passed the Praxis II exam, is enrolled in an approved program that can be completed in no more than 3 years, and is receiving high quality professional development, supervision and mentoring from their school district while teaching.
  • Performance-Based Licensing: Licensing that is focused on improved student learning and based on an assessment system that measures a candidate's knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching against an established set of standards of performance.
  • Program Approval Process: The process of reviewing institutions (by the DPI) that offer professional education programs leading to educator licensure in Wisconsin.
  • Revocation Process: The process of educator license termination in Wisconsin resulting from immoral conduct or incompetency on the part of license holder.


  • AWSA - Association of Wisconsin School Administrators
  • CESA - Cooperative Education Service Agency
  • HQ - Highly Qualified
  • IE - Initial Educator
  • IHE - Institution of Higher Education
  • KSD - Knowledge, Skills, Dispositions
  • LRSC - License Renewal Support Center
  • NCLB - No Child Left Behind
  • PDP - Professional Development Plan
  • PE - Professional Educator
  • QEI - Quality Educator Initiative (Wisconsin Administrative Code - PI 34)
  • SCD - School, College or Department (within a public or private college/university)
  • TEPDL - Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing
  • WASB - Wisconsin Association of School Boards
  • WACTE - Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • WASDA - Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators