The English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher Licensure Program at UW-P is a 24-credit minor program approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). Teachers earn 18 credits through UW-P and transfer in up to 6 credits in such areas as foreign language, international travel, and/or teaching/reading strategies. Teachers attend classes on the UW-Platteville Campus two weeks during Summer I, complete both a fall and spring Practicum in their home district, then return to campus for two weeks during Summer II.
To be eligible for the ELL Teacher Licensure Program, participants must be licensed teachers. In-state tuition is available to Wisconsin residents as well as Minnesota residents, with whom Wisconsin has reciprocity.
Upon successful completion of all courses and having obtained a qualifying score on the ESL Praxis II Content Examination, teachers will be recommended to the WDPI for an ESL license #395. Students will be licensed to teach ESL at the same developmental level as their regular education license.
The program is closely aligned with the WDPI, and courses were developed to ensure that completers of the program would be proficient against the following content guidelines:
- Language Competence: Teachers have a high degree of fluency in English, comprehend the linguistic and paralinguistic features of the English language, and recognize the processes through which languages are acquired in both formal and informal contexts.
- Developmental, Social, Political, and Cultural Contexts: Teachers of English language learners address the developmental, social, political, and cultural contexts of their students' lives and educational experiences. They comprehend how these relate to classroom performance and educational practice.
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Teachers employ effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for English language learners and possess knowledge of the content taught in schools.
- The School Environment: Teachers recognize the importance of situating support programs for English language learners within the context of the school and community to ensure their academic success.
- Professional Development: Teachers are reflective practitioners who continually engage in ongoing professional development, networking, research, and innovation (see Standard 9, Wisconsin Teacher Standards). Teachers actively seek out opportunities to grow and contribute professionally.
For more information about the ELL Licensure Program Contact:
134 Doudna Hall
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818