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PI 34 – Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative

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.

PI 34, Wisconsin Administrative Code for Teacher Education Program Approval and Licensing, restructured teacher education, educator licenses, and professional development for Wisconsin educators. The system is based on Wisconsin Educator Standards with demonstrated knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching, pupil services, and administration. Initial licensing is based on an educator’s successful performance as measured against these standards.

About PI 34

  • Wis. Admin. Code PI 34 – Link to Administrative Code PI 34 on Wisconsin State Legislature website.
  • Wisconsin Educator Standards – Wisconsin Educator Standards for Teaching, Administration, and Pupil Services.
  • PI 34 Synopsis – Powerpoint on background and overview of Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative PI 34.
     

PI 34 Implementation Resources

Related information

  • Administrative Rules Activities - Information about activity surrounding new or changes to administrative rules. 
  • PI 34 prior to 8/1/2018 - The version of PI 34 before it was repealed and recreated on 8/1/2018.
  • PI 34 Developmental Levels – Information about the five developmental levels defined in the previous version of PI 34.
  • Wis. Admin. Code PI 3 – Administrative rule governing Licenses that was repealed effective July 1, 2004 and replaced by Wis. Admin. Code PI 34.
  •  Wis. Admin Code PI 4 – Administrative rule governing Teacher Education Program Approval that was repealed effective July 1, 2004 and replaced by Wis. Admin. Code PI 34.
  • Licensing History – Historical timeline of educator licensing in Wisconsin.
     

Wisconsin Statutes governing PK-12 education

  • Chapter 115 - State Superintendent; General Classifications and Definitions; Children with Disabilities
  • Chapter 116 - Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs)
  • Chapter 117 - School District Reorganization
  • Chapter 118 - General School Operations
  • Chapter 119 - First Class City School System (Milwaukee Public Schools)
  • Chapter 120 - School District Government
  • Chapter 121 - School Finance