How to apply for a Teacher, Pupil Services, or Administration License

APPLYING FOR LICENSURE IN WISCONSIN

Instructions for DECEMBER 2014 and JANUARY 2015 Program Completers

Step 1:  Please submit the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) UWW Application Form to the Winther Hall Information Desk window (education@uww.edu) by 12/1/2014.

Step 2:  Check here to see if you are required to submit fingerprints to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI):  http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/backgroundchecks/completing-the-fingerprint-requirement

Step 3:  Check your email approximately one to four weeks after you complete your program, looking for an email from Jillian Smith, UWW Certifying Officer.  The email will confirm that your endorsement for licensure has been submitted to the DPI. 

Step 4:  After you receive the confirmation email from the UWW Certifying Officer you may begin the DPI ELO application process.  Please note:  Step 1 and Step 3 MUST occur before the DPI ELO system will be ready for you.  Here is the web address where you will be able to apply:  http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/elo.  You will also be sent the DPI ELO web address in the confirmation email.

Additional Information:

  • DPI will require UWW to upload your name into ELO before you will be able to submit your license application.
  • In order for UWW to submit your name to ELO, you will have needed to completed Step 1 (see above), have your final grades in, your degree posted (if applicable), your Phase 4 Portfolio completed, your human relations requirement completed, and passed any required content exams.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, you may view your Unofficial Transcript in WINS if you would like to track when your grades have been posted, your Bachelor's degree posted, and to see if your Phase 4 Portfolio and Human Relations Requirement milestones have been posted.
  • If all your ducks are in a row, DPI estimates you should be able to complete the online application in approximately 40 minutes.  
  • DPI will require a $100 credit card payment (no PINS are accepted).
  • Once you are applying on DPI's ELO website, if you encounter problems please email:  elo.help@dpi.wi.gov.
  • To check on the status of your application at DPI once your license application has been submitted by you online, use the ELO Public Search at the Department of Public Instruction.

DPI Licensure Codes

To find out your licensure codes for the State of Wisconsin, use the DPI website.  Find the appropriate major and/or minor and choose the content code.

APPLYING FOR LICENSURE IN ANOTHER STATE

      1. Research out-of-state requirements before applying for positions out of Wisconsin. Contact the Department of Education in the state you wish to seek employment.
      2. If the out-of-state application form requires an instituional endorsement, you may email the form to:  education@uww.edu
      3. Once the out-of-state application form has been signed, the application will be emailed or mailed to the person or office the instructions on the form say to return the form to.
      4. If you are applying for both your Wisconsin license and an out-of-state license, submit both applications together.  They will be processed together which will decrease your wait time.

Applying for a Licensure GPA Exception

        1. Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for an exception: 
          • Completed an approved major, major and minor, or broadfield major, the required professional education sequence, and a baccalaureate degree. 
          • Completed the Directed Teaching semester or Graduate Practicum semester at UW-Whitewater.
        2. Students must apply for the exception by submitting the following information to the College of Education & Professional Studies Licensure Office:
        • A letter from the student requesting an exception, stating reasons for the request, and why the applicant believes that if an exception is granted, he or she can be a successful teacher.
        • Letters from the cooperating teacher(s) and a university supervisor(s) supporting the request, which must include reasons why an exception should be made. The student is to obtain the letters from the cooperating teacher(s) and the university supervisor(s) and include them in the completed application.
        • A current transcript. This can be printed from the University WINS System.
        • Students with a previous bachelor's degree who apply for an exception must submit photocopies of transcripts from their previous institutions.
        • Submit your cover letter addressed to the Licensure Office, letters of recommendation, and your current UW-Whitewater transcript and/or previous transcripts to the Licensure Office.  If you choose to hand deliver the appropriate paperwork, you can drop them off at the Winther Hall Information Desk (lobby area). The staff at the Information Desk will begin the process before delivering to the Licensure Office.  You will be notified by mail in about two weeks after you complete your program.

For additional information for applying for an exception for your Wisconsin teaching license, please feel free to contact us at education@uww.edu

Resources

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