Language and Literacies: World Language Education

The World Language Education program offers masters degrees designed to assist classroom teachers with license renewal and a doctoral program that involves students from all corners of the world representing a broad spectrum of languages and professional interests.

Doctoral students at UW–Madison have a strong sociocultural orientation that matches the most current research trends in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, curriculum theory, critical pedagogy, and applied semiotics. Our graduates study how languages are learned and taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as in postsecondary settings. Their major is in World Language Education, but they can earn minors in Second Language Acquisition, International Education or other areas of specialization.

Faculty in the area also prepare and certify French, German, and Spanish teachers. We emphasize a thorough approach to teaching languages, combining knowledge of published standards both for languages and for teacher education, with an in-depth understanding of language learning in real classroom settings.

For information about the World Language Education Program in Secondary Education, visit