English as a Second Language and Bilingual Certification Program

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Main Office

Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education
UW-Madison
210 Teacher Education Building
225 North Mills Street
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.4600
Fax: 608/263.9992

Email: curric@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification Program

The ESL certification program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a graduate-level course of study that leads to ESL teacher certification and a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction with ESL as the area of concentration. ESL is an add-on certification, which means that the candidate must already hold a WI teaching license in early childhood education, elementary education, or a secondary core content area (defined as science, social studies, math, or English/language arts) in order to qualify for the program. It is assumed that students in the ESL certification program are simultaneously enrolled in the C&I Master's program.

The ESL certification program consists of 18 credits, and coursework occurs during one summer and the following academic year (see program structure below). Thus the program always begins in June. Fall and spring coursework is offered in “teacher hours,” and tied to practice. The Master’s degree requires 30 credits, plus a project/thesis and defense (complete information on graduate program requirements and application procedures can be viewed at C&I Grad Programs). All credits taken for certification apply toward the Master's Degree. Remaining credits can be earned either before or after the certification coursework, and thesis work is undertaken after successful completion of all other credits (see diagram below).

Eligibility Criteria 

Potential applicants must have: 

  • a Bachelor’s degree
  • WI core classroom license (EC, MC, EA, or secondary math, science, social studies, English/language arts)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of the undergraduate degree.
  • Experience learning another language (this may be fulfilled by a minimum of 2 years of High School foreign language study, one year of college foreign language study).

Proficiency in another language is not required.

For application information, please email Professor Maggie Hawkins, (mhawkins@education.wisc.edu). 


Bilingual Certification Program

The ESL/Bilingual Certification Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a course of study that leads to Bilingual Certification at a level corresponding to the candidate’s original (core) K-12 teaching license. Bilingual certification is an add-on to ESL certification, which means that candidates for bilingual certification must meet UW–Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction requirements for ESL certification first (including eligibility requirements), then acquire additional competencies in the areas of bilingualism and biliteracy. Thus, students must complete an additional 4-credit course with a fieldwork (or practicum) component that is offered weekly during teacher-friendly hours. Additionally, proficiency in another language is required.

How to Apply

Send the following information to Professor Mariana Pacheco:

  • Full name & contact information
  • Resume/CV
  • 2 references (names & contact information only)
  • Transcript

Language Proficiency Requirement
Candidates are required to achieve “an advanced level of proficiency in the language of the students”; click here for more information from DPI.

Candidates are required to take a language proficiency exam through the Language Testing Institute through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and demonstrate “advanced-mid” level proficiency and fluency. ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and examples can be found here. Language proficiency exams can be taken as often as needed, at a cost to candidates. A list of available languages can be found here.

Program Advisor
Mariana Pacheco, Ph.D.
Teacher Education Building 574-B
(608) 263-4617
mariana.pacheco@wisc.edu


For C&I Research information:  English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education









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