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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 members of the PSC are appointed by the State Superintendent and then are considered agency officials of the Department of Public Instruction. Council members are recommended by education labor unions, professional organizations and institutions of higher education. The council is comprised of 19 members consisting of teachers, administrators, pupil service personnel, higher education academicians, parents, school board members, and a teacher in training. Council membership consists of:

  • Two persons licensed and actively employed as elementary teachers in public schools.
  • Two persons licensed and actively employed as middle school or high school teachers in public schools.
  • Two persons licensed and actively employed as pupil service professionals in public schools.
  • One person licensed and actively employed as a special education teacher in a public school.
  • Two additional persons licensed and actively employed as teachers in public schools.
  • One person licensed and actively employed as a teacher in a private school.
  • One public school administrator.
  • One public school principal.
  • One faculty member of a department of education in the University of Wisconsin System.
  • One faculty member of a department of education in a private college.
  • One additional faculty member appointed from a list of recommended public and private university instructors.
  • Two members of public school boards.
  • One person who is a parent with a child in public school.
  • One person who is a student in a teacher preparation program located in the state that leads to initial licensure as a teacher.

Each council member serves a three-year term, except for the student member who serves a two-year term. All terms are staggered to ensure the council has ongoing experience. Council members must fill out a Statement of Economic Interest.

For Annual Membership Rosters, please see Appendix C.

For each vacancy on the council, the group or entity authorized to recommend members is required to submit the names of three qualified persons to the State Superintendent. All appointments must be confirmed by the State Senate. Attendance at the confirmation hearing is not required of PSC appointees.

As representative on the council, following are some recommended guidelines to consider:

  • Become familiar with Wis. Admin Code PI 34, in particular provisions that have direct impact on the population you represent.
  • Be aware of new rules/guidelines that may be developed that will have direct impact on the population you represent.
  • Gather information/points of view from other professionals in your work environment or constituents you may represent that may widen your perspective as a council member.