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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Who can teach middle school algebra for high school credit?

The class must be taught by a teacher who is licensed to teach the subject in the high school grades. This means the teacher’s content area license must include the grade or developmental level for high school (e.g., early adolescence to adolescence, early childhood to adolescence, grades 6-12, grades 7-12). Prior to the implementation of PI 34, there were licenses in a specific content area issued where the teacher could teach through grade 9 (e.g., grades 1-9, 5-9, 6-9 or 7-9).  Teachers who hold one of these licenses can teach 9th grade curriculum for high school credit to pupils in grades 7 and 8 in their specific content area. Please note: a teacher who only holds a regular/elementary education license in grades 1-8 or at the middle childhood to early adolescence (MC-EA) level does not hold the appropriate license to teach high school curriculum to students in grades 7-8.  Also, there no longer is an option to add a specific license in grades 1-9. These teachers would need to return to an approved program to seek a content license at the early adolescence to adolescence level.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My license renewal has not been approved yet

When an educator submits a complete and accurate renewal application by June 30th, Wis. Stat. 227.51 (2) provides that the educator’s existing license does not expire until the DPI completes the processing of the renewal application.

Due to the compressed window for renewal applications (March 31 - June 30) and it taking extra time for us to help educators apply in the new ELO system, we are running about a month behind where we were last year at this time in approving renewals.  It is currently taking around 10 weeks.

If we need any additional documents, we will contact you.

To check the status of your application, please see the directions at http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/check-status. 

What happens if I did not apply for my renewal by June 30th?

If you did not apply for your license renewal or advancement on or before June 30th because you either had not completed your professional development requirement or did not yet have documentation, your options depend on your situation.  Please click on the scenario that is closest to yours:
  1. My five-year Professional Educator license expired June 30, and I completed my 6 credits prior to June 30th, but my transcript is not yet ready.
  2. My one-year Initial Educator License extension expired June 30th, and I am still finishing my PDP.  It will be verified this summer (between July 1 and August 31).
  3. My one-year Professional Educator License extension expired June 30th, and I am still finishing my six credits or PDP.  I will be done this summer (between July 1 and August 31). 
  4. My five-year Initial Educator License expired June 30th, and I am still finishing my PDP.  It should be verified this summer (between July 1 and August 31).
  5. My five-year Professional Educator License expired June 30th, and I am in a class finishing my six credits.  The class will finish this summer (between July 1 and August 31).

Available ELO Applications

We have been rolling out new applications in the Educator Licensing Online system since we launched in January.  There are not many left, so the end of the rollout is in sight!  For a quick update on applications that were released over the summer, go to http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/summer-2014-transactions.

Because not all applications were available by June 30th, we are considering "timely application" to be within one month of the release date.  That is also listed on the page above.