The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides endorsement for teacher certification, pupil services and administrator licenses for the School of Education, Peck School of the Arts, College of Health Sciences, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and School of Information Studies.

IMPORTANT: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) no longer accepts paper applications. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Educator License webpage for important Educator Licensing updates.

How To Apply For Your License

Update Information In PAWS

Make sure your legal name, address, and phone number are accurate in PAWS.

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test

(ECE, MCEA, ExEd EC, ExEd MCEA, ExEd EAA, Reading Program Students Only)

You must have a passing score from the WiFoRT listed on your UWM transcript before applying for your license. Please note that it takes 4 weeks for your score to be processed, so plan ahead.

Create Your WAMS Account and Profile

View the Getting a WAMS ID Quick-Start Guide (PDF) for information on getting a WAMS ID.

Fingerprinting

Only if you’ve lived outside of the State of Wisconsin after age 17. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Fingerprint Requirement webpage for more information.

Undergraduates & Graduates

For candidates seeking bachelor, master, Ph.D. and education specialist degrees, to be endorsed for licensure, your coursework, portfolio, student teaching, internship, practicum, clinical, and required tests, i.e. CORE, Praxis, WiFoRT, OPT/WPT, edTPA, etc. must be completed. Your degree must be conferred and visible on your transcript. Contact Enrollment Management with questions about your degree. It can take up to two weeks for endorsement and recommendation to DPI for licensure. After this time, you will receive an email with a date to apply for your license using DPI’s Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system.

Post-Baccs & Non-Degree Candidates

The post-bacc and non-degree process is different, so it is important to review the following information. To be endorsed for licensure, your coursework, portfolio, student teaching, internship, practicum, clinical, and required tests, i.e. CORE, Praxis, WiFoRT, OPT/WPT, edTPA, etc. must be completed. Your final grades must be posted and visible on your transcript. After your grades have been posted, post-bacc and non-degree candidates are required to complete the Certification & Licensing web form. It can take up to four weeks for endorsement and recommendation to DPI for licensure. After this time, you will receive an email with a date to apply for your license using DPI’s Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system.

Alternative Education Candidates

To be endorsed for the Alternative Education license, your coursework, portfolio and all other requirements must be completed. Your final grades must be posted and visible on your transcript. After your grades have been posted, Alternative Education candidates can complete the Alternative Education Licensing Request Form. It can take up to four weeks for endorsement and recommendation to DPI for licensure. After this time, you will receive an email with a date to apply for your license using DPI’s Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system.

Tutorials

View the following tutorials for assistance with getting through the ELO system.

Create a WAMS ID (Video)

Onboarding (Video)

Apply for Your Initial Teacher’s License

1st Time Requesting an Administrator License

1st Time Requesting a Pupil Services License

Emergency License Renewal

To renew an existing emergency license, you must be enrolled in a certification program and have completed six credits by the start of the renewal year. Grades must be posted and visible on the transcript. If you have not completed six credits and/or are not enrolled in a certification program, DPI may or may not extend your emergency license. Be prepared to submit a letter explaining why the requirements were not met and a detailed plan as to how you will complete the program, coursework, assessments, etc. Include the semester each will be completed. DPI will expect you to make up any missing credit before approving future renewals.

For example, if you took only three credits the first year, a minimum of nine credits will have to be completed the following year. The certification officer is the only person authorized to endorse emergency renewal requests. For more information, visit the ELO Renewal Tips for Emergency Licenses/Permits webpage.

Applying For A License In Another State

If you plan to move to another state, you will need to check the licensing requirements for that state. The Certification Requirements by State webpage has links to teacher licensing agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Most states require you to submit a verification form signed by the UW-Milwaukee certification officer to verify that you have completed a UWM certification program.

Stipulations

Courses That Satisfy DPI Stipulations (PDF)

For more information on stipulations contact Robert Longwell-Grice at (414) 229-4721 or robert@uwm.edu.

Contact Us

Kathy L. Berry
Certification Officer
Enderis Hall, Room 209
(414) 229-4721
cert-licensing@uwm.edu