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.

How To Apply For Your License

Update Information In PAWS

Make sure your legal name, address, phone number, major, minor and concentration are all accurate in PAWS. Any discrepancies in this information will cause a delay in getting your license.

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 Creating a WAMS Account video 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.

Background Check Questions

Preview the Conduct and Competency questions you will be answering in the ELO.

Preview of ELO Conduct & Competency Questions (PDF)

If there is some type of misconduct that needs to be reported, prepare and attach a written explanation of what happened. You must also provide complete electronic (scanned) copies of documents associated with the matter that can corroborate / illuminate your explanation of the incident. These may include the criminal complaint, judgment of conviction, police reports, disciplinary letters/findings, correspondence, etc., as applicable. (Note: Court history information printed from the CCAP web site is NOT sufficient.)

Undergraduates

For candidates seeking bachelor 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 already 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, Graduate Level Candidates

For candidates who are certification only – post baccs or non-degree, 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. If you are receiving a graduate degree (master, Ph.D. and education specialist), it must already be awarded and showing on your transcript. After your grades and/or degree have been posted, you are required to complete the Certification & Licensing web form. This starts the process for you. 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