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Supply and Demand of Educational Personnel for Wisconsin Public Schools

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.

Annual Supply and Demand Reports may be of interest to educators, prospective educators, job-seekers, parents, education employers, educational administrators, researchers, and educational policymakers in Wisconsin. The Supply and Demand Report also fulfills the reporting requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and federal discretionary monies from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is based on:

  • School district survey responses to questions regarding teacher supply, identified vacancies, perceived shortages, and teaching force demographics
  • School district staff data reported annually to the Department of Public Instruction
  • Department data on emergency licenses/permits and
  • Program completer data submitted by public, private, and alternative approved educator preparation program providers.

Each report includes school district survey data and rating maps. You can view the pdf version of each year's report from the following list. Please allow a few minutes to download for the report to open due to large file size.