Bilingual Certification Program

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Main Office

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

Tel: 608/263.4600
Fax: 608/263.9992

or by contact form

Please note that the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison no longer offers a stand-alone English as a Second Language certification at the graduate level. See options for ESL certification through the Elementary Education program and Secondary Education programs.

Bilingual Certification Program

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction 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 have earned an ESL certification first, then must acquire additional competencies in the areas of bilingualism and biliteracy. Bilingual certification students must complete an additional 4-credit course with a fieldwork (or practicum) component that is offered weekly during teacher-friendly hours every spring semester. Additionally, proficiency in a non-English language is required (see below).

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

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

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