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Steps in the WIP Teaching Internship Process

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.

From this time forward, 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.

The following are the steps involved in the teaching internship process:

  1. School districts submit internship requests using the online Internship Request Application. The signature page at the end of the application process must be signed and uploaded before the internship request can be approved. The PI-1690 WIP HELP: On-line Internship Request webpage provides tips for completing the Internship Request Application. The deadline to request a fall intern is August 1st. The deadline to request a spring internship is December 15th.  If this date lands on a weekend or holiday the deadline is the following business day.
  2. The WIP director approves internship requests based on the criteria in the WIP Handbook. School districts may be requested to make modifications to the intern requests before they can be approved. School districts can log in to the online Internship Request Application system to view the approval status of their requests using the link emailed to them upon submission of their first intern request.
  3. Educator Preparation Programs review approved internship requests using the link emailed directly to them from DPI to determine potential placements for interns.
  4. School districts work with WIP campuses in interviewing candidates and selecting WIP interns.
  5. Intern candidates who are selected for internships apply for intern licenses using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. WIP campuses provide interns with the necessary internship number and subsequently ensure that candidates have acquired their intern licenses using License Lookup. Intern candidates should review information about fingerprinting and proceed to obtain electronic fingerprints if they are required to do so as part of their intern license application.
  6. School districts and Educator Preparation Programs provide professional development for WIP interns and their cooperating teachers and request reimbursement for the costs according to specifications in the WIP Handbook.

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