WISCONSIN DPI LICENSE BASED ON THE WISCONSIN MASTER EDUCATOR ASSESSMENT PROCESS (WMEAP)
READ THIS WMEAP TIP SHEET BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO APPLY FOR THE WMEAP
The purpose of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP) Tip Sheet is to provide direction for those individuals applying to qualify for the WMEAP. Starting in 2014 and moving forward, applicants will be completing the WMEAP application through our Educator Licensing Online (ELO) application system. Applicants who follow the step-by-step directions carefully will increase the likelihood that their applications are complete and accurate.
Obtaining a Master Educator license through WMEAP requires two applications:
- In Application 1, applicants complete the initial application for the WMEAP for approval to complete the portfolio.
- In Application 2, eligible applicants will submit their completed WMEAP portfolio for review and assessment.
- The license is issued upon satisfactory completion and approval of both WMEAP applications.
- Each of the two applications will include a non-refundable fee.
Application 1: Applicants of the WMEAP will need to:
- Provide general information;
- Identify the Master License category for which they are applying: Teacher, Administration, or Pupil Services;
- Identify the Master License type for the specific field (e.g., principal, school social worker, speech and language pathology) they are requesting a Master Educator License;
- Provide current and previous license(s) held that correspond to the Master License for which they are applying. No initial, emergency, one-year, substitute, with stipulations licenses or permits can be used;
- Provide an official transcript specifying a Master’s or Doctoral degree major related to the field of PK-12 education. If the connection between Master’s degree and Master Educator license is not obvious, please provide rationale ;
- Provide a completed PI-1613-WMEAP Employment Verification form(s) to confirm five years of successful experience at the professional educator license stage in the specific field in which they are requesting a Master Educator License. Applicants may need to submit multiple employment forms. Experience with an initial, emergency, one-year, substitute, with stipulations licenses or permits cannot be used. Applicants must be officially employed in their specific field while completing their portfolio;
- Provide a summary of two to five contributions they have made to the education profession within the past five years to include the connection of each to the education profession; and, two to five pieces of evidence to document those contributions;
- Provide a summary of how they had an impact on improving pupil learning within the last five years; and, evidence to support the improved pupil learning;
- Read and answer the Conduct and Competency questionnaire. Upload supporting documentation, if required;
- Attest the information submitted is true; and
- Pay the license application fee.
TIPS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION 1 FOR THE WISCONSIN MASTER EDUCATOR ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Educators completing the application for the WMEAP will complete Application 1 by using the Wisconsin Educator Licensing Online (ELO) application system.
Please read through all of the following steps prior to completing Application 1.
Step 1: Be certain you qualify for the WMEAP by reading the information on the website before submitting an application and fee. Information is found at: http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/wisconsin-master-educator-assessment-process
The WMEAP is a voluntary professional development activity resulting in a 10-year Master Educator License when the candidate is successful. All required forms, materials, and fee must be received by April 30 in one complete submission. The application fee is nonrefundable. Incomplete or late applications and ineligible applicants will not be eligible to proceed through the WMEAP during the year the initial application was submitted. Applicants with disapproved applications may resubmit an application the following March 31 with another application fee.
Step 2: Create a Web Access Management System (WAMS) ID (if you do not have one already). Go to https://on.wisconsin.gov/WAMS/home and click on the link for Self Registration. Follow the steps to create an ID that will be necessary to use in the ELO system.
Be prepared to upload the following documents as part of Application 1. You will need to scan each document as a PDF so that it is ready for upload.
- Current DPI Professional Educator License
- Education Contributions – Summary
- Education Contributions Evidence (2 to 5 pieces)
- Evidence of Impact on Pupils – Summary
- Evidence of Impact on Pupils (1 to 5 pieces)
- Supporting Documents
- WMEAP Employment Verification form(s)
Step 3: Directions and links for the ELO system are found at http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/elo.
Provide general information, e.g., biographical information, program completion, degrees.
Step 4: Upload a copy of your Wisconsin Professional Educator License. No initial, emergency, one-year, substitute, with stipulations licenses or permits can be used.
Step 5: Upload the Education Contributions – Summary identifying two to five contributions you have made to the education profession in the last five years.
Step 6: Upload Education Contributions Evidence (two to five pieces).
Step 7: Upload the Evidence of Impact on Pupil Learning – Summary identifying how you had an impact on improving pupil learning within the last five years.
Step 8: Upload the Evidence of Impact on Pupil Learning (1 to 5 pieces). Evidence must correlate with your summary.
Step 9: Upload any other supporting documents, if necessary.
Step 10: Upload official transcripts specifying a Master’s or Doctoral degree major related to the field of PK-12 education. If the connection between Master’s degree and Master Educator license is not obvious, please provide rationale.
Step 11: Upload the PI 1613-WMEAP Employment Verification form(s).
Step 12: Carefully review application that all required documentation is uploaded.
Step 13: Return to the Quick Star Menu and select “Access ELO Cart”, carefully read and answer the Conduct and Competency questionnaire. Upload supporting documentation, if required.
Step 14: Make payment (credit card, debit card or prepaid card). This fee covers the cost of the review of documents; no refund will be made regardless of whether or not approval is granted to proceed to Application 2 required for the Master Educator License.
When Your Application 1 is Complete:
After a review of your Application 1 is completed, you will receive an email notifying you of the results of the department’s review and, if approved, how to proceed to Application 2. Only applicants who are informed they have successfully completed Application 1 will be invited to complete Application 2 of the WMEAP Portfolio submission process.