General Licensure Information

UW-Whitewater's Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approved program includes licensure programs in English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual education (BE). The licensure program is offered in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in concert with the Department of Languages and Literatures. 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.

ESL Minor & License

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, as well as attend a professional conference related to ESL/BE before student teaching.

ESL & Bilingual Minor & Licenses

Candidates for the Bilingual Education (BE) License must complete all the requirements for the ESL license and two additional courses. Candidates for the BE license also must pass a language proficiency exam before student teaching.  Recipients of a BE License are also, by definition, recipients of an ESL license.