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WMEAP Reimbursement and Annual Grant

Lifetime Licenses Created

Important Notice

As required in the 2017-18 state budget, conversion of current Professional and Master Educator licenses to Lifetime licenses is complete.  If you wish to print a copy of your Lifetime license, please follow the four numbered steps below:

  1. Access your ELO Account
  2. Navigate to the “Manage Your Existing Licenses” section of the Quick Start Menu
  3. Choose “Print license certificate” from the drop down menu and click “Go!”
  4. Based on your browser’s default behavior, a file will be available for you to open or download.
 

Reimbursement

After receiving the Wisconsin Master Educator license and within the first year of the effective date of the license, Wisconsin Master Educators can apply for reimbursement of up to $2,000 for expenses incurred for the WMEAP.

In order to qualify for the reimbursement the Master Educator must be:

  • Employed as a teacher or pupil services professional in Wisconsin public schools, or
  • Employed as a teacher or pupil services professional in a private school located in Wisconsin.
  • Have a rating of effective or highly effective in the applicable Educator Effectiveness System.

Contact TEPDL (contact form) to request the WMEAP Reimbursement Application Form. The claim for reimbursement must be submitted prior to June 30th of the school year in which the Master Educator license is effective.

Annual Grant

After receiving reimbursement for WMEAP expenses (above), Wisconsin Master Educators (teachers and pupil services professionals) are eligible to apply for an annual grant in each of the subsequent nine years of the effective date of the Master Educator license.

To qualify for the annual grant the Master Educator must:

  • Have submitted application for reimbursement.
  • Maintain their Wisconsin Master Educator license.
  • Remain employed as a teacher or pupil services professional in Wisconsin public schools or a private school in Wisconsin.
  • Have a rating of effective or highly effective in the applicable Educator Effectiveness System.

Annual grants are awarded in the amount of $2,500 in each of the subsequent school years for the duration of the Wisconsin Master Educator license. Master educators (teachers and pupil services professionals) who are employed in a high poverty school are eligible for a $5,000 annual grant.

Complete and submit application form to the DPI by June 30th of each school year.

Effective or Highly Effective Rating

As a result of 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, starting in the 2014-15 school year and thereafter, applicants who received the Master Educator License by WMEAP Initial Reimbursement grant are required to provide annual verification of being effective or highly effective in the applicable Educator Effectiveness System in order to receive a grant for Master Educator licensure.  This only affects applicants who are required to be evaluated in the Educator Effectiveness System.

Rating of effective or highly effective means a score of greater than or equal to 2.5 in both the educator practice outcome summary and the student outcomes summary or, if the person has not had an initial evaluation, the person is in the process of being evaluated.  

Related forms:

Please go to Appendix A for High Poverty data.

Wisconsin statutes and administrative rules supporting national teacher certification or master educator license: