ELO First-time Application Tips for Teachers Prepared Outside Wisconsin

Directions for first time teacher applicants who completed a program outside of Wisconsin

  • ​Create a WAMS (Wisconsin Access Management System) ID if you do not already have one.
    • It is recommended that applicants use a personal email address when creating an ELO account. This email address must be available and accessible by the applicants as it will be the primary communication method from the licensing system.
    • Please follow the instructions on the screen when setting up a WAMS account. There are links to the WAMS Help page and the WAMS FAQ page.  For assistance in setting up WAMS account, contact Help Wisconsin Support
    • Guide to creating a WAMS ID
  • Determine whether you need to get fingerprinted.  For more info, seehttp://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/backgroundchecks/completing-the-fingerprint-requirement

If you completed your educator preparation program before September 1, 2004, or have five or more years of experience as an educator, request a Professional Educator License:

If you completed your educator preparation program on or after September 1, 2004, and have less than five years of experience as an educator, request an Initial Educator License:


Contact the ELO Help Desk - http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/support/contact-elo