Licensure: Undergraduate

ESL/BE Licensure Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) offers two separate, but sequential licenses. You must hold (or be eligible for) the ESL license in order to obtain the BE license. The eight ESL/BE Core Courses (24 credits) are required for the ESL license.

In addition to the 8 Core Courses, all candidates for the ESL license must:

  • demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the intermediate level (251 level course)
  • receive a passing score on the Praxis II Exam for English as a Second Language

Students must complete a program plan with an advisor before enrolling for courses.

ESL/BE Core Courses (24 credits)

  1. Introduction to ESL and Bilingual-Bicultural Education CIGENRAL/ESL 350/550. 3cr.
  2. Survey of Educational Linguistics CIGENRAL/ESL 310/510. 3cr.
  3. Critical Perspectives on Bilingual Learners in Schools CIGENRAL/ESL 354. 3cr.
  4. The Spoken Language and Discourse Analysis CIGENRAL/ESL 320/520. 3cr.
  5. Teaching English Grammar in the ESL/BE Classroom CIGENRAL/ESL 330/530. 3cr.
  6. ESL Methods and Curriculum CIGENRAL/ESL 403/603. 3cr.
  7. Assessment in the ESL/Bilingual Classroom CIGENRAL/ESL 405/605. 3cr.
  8. Field Study CIFLD 492 3 cr.

Candidates for the Bilingual Education (BE) License must complete the requirements for the ESL license listed above and in addition they must complete:

  1. Teaching Content in the Bilingual Classroom CIGENRAL/ESL 455/655(3cr.)
  2. one of the following:

    For Spanish Speakers:
    CHICANO 310/510
    History of Chicanos in the U.S.
    CHICANO 320/520
    Politics of the Chicano
    For speakers of languages other than Spanish:
    RACEETH 380/580
    Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice: Issues for Helping Professionals

  3. Submit a portfolio that demonstrates the linguistic and cultural proficiency necessary to instruct K-12 students in a language other than English. In order to meet the requirements for linguistic and cultural proficiency, additional courses may be recommended by the program advisor
  4. Candidates for the Bilingual Education license must pass a language proficiency exam before student teaching. For more information on the test, please see:

All courses except Field Study are cross-listed in the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Languages and Literatures; in any given semester a course may be listed in the timetable under one or the other department.