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UW-Madison Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education Capstone Certificate

Become a valuable resource and advocate for bilingual and multilingual students

This certificate will offer a coursework sequence focused on teaching, learning, and curriculum that supports the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy for K-12 pupils (or “English Learners”) that speak Spanish as a home language, as well as English-speaking pupils who participate in Spanish-English bilingual programs in Wisconsin public schools.

Additionally, the capstone certificate will allow practicing teachers with Wisconsin teaching licenses who are Spanish proficient to apply for and obtain their Spanish-English bilingual-bicultural Licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In this way, the capstone certificate could address a significant shortage of certified Spanish-English bilingual teachers locally and nationally.

The certificate requires 4 courses across summer, fall, and spring semesters, including practicum courses in fall and spring. Courses will be offered in the evening to accommodate practicing teachers and in Spanish. Admission into the program will require

  • (a) a current WI teaching license,
  • (b) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75, and
  • (c) demonstration of “advanced-low” Spanish language proficiency on the ACTFL oral and written exams.

The application deadline for Summer 2022 is on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

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Is this program right for you?

Program highlights

  • You’ll earn your capstone certificate in just three semesters.
  • Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for a Spanish English bilingual-bicultural education license in K-Grade 12 (age 21).
  • You can complete in-depth coursework with corresponding practicum in your own K-12 classroom.
  • You will learn about bilingual pedagogies and methodologies to promote equitable education for bilingual learners in K-Grade 12 public schools.
  • You will be able to address a need locally and nationally for certified bilingual-bicultural teachers.

How you’ll learn

  • Three-semester and 14-credit program combines coursework on UW–Madison campus with practicum in local schools.
  • Heavier course load during summer semesters.
  • Evening courses during fall and spring semesters.
  • Cohort model

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Program Type

Capstone certificate


3 semesters


14 graduate-level credits


Resident: $670.47 per credit
Nonresident: $1503.40 per credit
Additional fees may apply

International eligible

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Capstone Certificate in Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education

Become a valuable resource and advocate for bilingual and multilingual students (including English Learners) with your Capstone Certificate in Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education. This Capstone Certificate could lead to a bilingual-bicultural education certification.