Changes to Wisconsin DPI Licensing
Starting Dec. 1, 2013 the Department of Public Instruction will no longer be accepting paper license applications for initial certification. Starting January 15, 2014, if you are applying for an initial or add-on license, you will be required to apply online for your new license.
Jan. 15, 2014
This is the earliest date we are allowed to upload license approvals. Please allow 2 weeks for approval and processing.
Are you under the old "6 credit" rule for license renewal and not the PDP? If so, we recommend renewing your previous licenses at the same time you add on any new licenses (except the Reading Specialist add-on, which is an administrative license and does not require PDP for renewal). If you do not renew at the same time, your licenses will not rotate together for a while and you will need 6 credits for renewal "since your last license application," which would be the new add-on. This is a bit complicated, so please call if you have questions.
Step 1: New License Approval Request
Submit a completed approval request packet to UWSP, either via email or regular mail. We are not able to process requests unless packets are complete and all requested information is filled in accurately and completely.
Mailing Address: Office of Field Experiences, School of Education, College of Professional Studies, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
NOTE: If using email, we suggest whiting out any SS# listed on documentation you are submitting as it can be stolen as it is being sent.
We are working on updating the form to make it easier to submit. For now we ask that you complete the form, print, scan, and save as a PDF so that it can be attached if you choose to send everything via email.
Copies of transcripts for any courses (non-UWSP courses) taken after you received your certification outline from us, if they are required for your new license(s).
Copies of passing Praxis II score report(s) or in the case of French, German and Spanish, passing ACTFL score report. Please do not assume we have these scores on file. We have had issues with receiving test scores from the testing companies. The following licenses do not require these tests: Alternative Education, Gifted and Talented, Reading Specialist and Reading Teacher.
Portfolio - Please check your certification outline to see if you are required to do this. The portfolio should be in an attached zip file if emailed or a jump drive if sent via regular mail.
Copy of passing Foundations of Reading Test
score report - This test will be required for anyone who does not finish the online license application process by the end of the day on Thursday, January 30, 2014, regardless of when the program was completed.
This is a state-legislated requirement.
NOTES FOR FOUNDATIONS OF READING TEST:
Only the following licenses will require this test: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Elementary Education adding on Middle School, Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist and all five Special Education Add-ons (Cognitive Disabilities, Cross Categorical Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Behavioral Disabilities and Learning Disabilities Add-on Licenses).
If we do not receive your completed packet by Tuesday, Jan. 21, we cannot guarantee that we can process your request in time for you to apply for your new license by the January 30, 2014 deadline.
Step 2: UWSP Uploads License Approval
Once we have received approval from the appropriate person on campus, we will upload your approval to DPI's website. You will receive an email from the Office of Field Experiences once your approval has been uploaded. You will not be able to apply online earlier than this.
Step 3: Online Application
Go to DPI's website
to complete the online application. We have attempted to write out directions
that will assist you in preparing for the online application process, as well as directions in case you get stuck on their website. We recommend reading through these directions immediately as there are documents you may need to prepare in advance.
If you have any feedback on these directions, please let us know as we will continue to work to improve upon them.
Step 4: Obtaining Copy of License
DPI will contact you using the email you provide to them with questions, concerns or to inform you that your license has been processed. Once you receive this email, you are invited to go to DPI's website to print out your new license. DPI is expecting the process, once you have completed your online application and made a payment, to take up to 10 days. It may take longer if anything is missing or if your Conduct and Competency Check takes longer.
Maggie Beeber, Teacher Certification Officer