English as a Second Language Licensure Program

The English as a Second Language Licensure program allows you to teach students to become proficient in academic English and to assist English learners in the mainstream classes.

This 18-credit certification program holds classes in the evenings, on Saturdays, and during the summer on UW-Platteville’s campus.


Upon successful completion of all courses, approved licensure portfolio, and qualifying scores on the Praxis Subject Assessment test (English to speakers of other languages), you will be recommended to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for an English as a Second Language (395) license at the same developmental level as your general education license.

Developed in accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines.


Prior to taking courses for this licensure, you must enroll as a graduate student with the School of Graduate Studies. To be considered for the ESL license you must provide evidence for:

  1. Fluency or near-native fluency in English.
  2. Current teacher certification or eligibility to obtain a certification.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Required Core Courses

TEACHING 7650 Issues in ELL Education
TEACHING 7660 Methods and Assessment of Teaching English Language Learners
TEACHING 7670 Second Language Acquisition in K-12 Classrooms
TEACHING 7680 Intercultural Communication for Teachers of English Language Learners
TEACHING 7690 Linguistics for Teachers of English Language Learners
TEACHING 7880 Graduate Practicum in Teaching

You can view all of the teaching courses available and download the English as a Second Language practicum handbook, the ESL/Bilingual portfolio handbook, or the program planning form.

Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement

After completing the necessary coursework for the English as a Second Language licensure you can choose to add the bilingual/bicultural education endorsement to your license. The program is closely aligned with the Wisconsin DPI, and courses were developed to ensure that the program would be proficient against the following content guidelines:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Required Courses

In order to add the bilingual/bicultural education endorsement at the middle-childhood-early adolescence, early adolescence-adolescence, and early childhood-adolescence level, two additional courses must be completed:

TEACHING 7710 Bilingual Education
TEACHING 7700 Field Experience I Cultural Diversity

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