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Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) – Teaching Internship

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.

DPI will begin accepting Intern Request applications on April 1, 2019,
for the 2019/2020 school year

The WIP request process has changed in an important way.  Intern requests will now only allow one intern per request, with multiple subjects and cooperating teachers allowed in each request.

Program Description

The Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) provides an excellent opportunity for school districts, educator preparation programs, and the Department of Public Instruction to collaborate in the preparation of future teachers. WIP pairs promising student interns with experienced cooperating teachers in a semester-long clinical experience.

Teacher internship offer solutions to school and district challenges, such as:

Benefits for school districts participating in the internship program include:

  • Providing students with additional teacher contact when implementing instructional blocks, multi-age instruction, or split-grade classrooms.
  • Providing additional instruction and progress monitoring via the RTI process.
  • Providing differentiation in content-discipline classrooms.
  • Providing another set of hands and pair of eyes in classrooms with multiple challenges.
  • Providing time for teachers to serve as mentors, coaches, or PDP reviewers.
  • Professional development for cooperating school personnel and interns.
  • Collaborative instructional planning and problem-solving.
  • Opportunity to recruit highly qualified future educators.
  • Opportunity to increase parent communication and involvement.
  • Enhanced partnerships with educator preparation programs.

District WIP Application (PI-1690 form)

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