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 coordination 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.  The following department policy on grades includes the ESL/BE minior: Students must achieve a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all required courses with the prefixes  EDFOUND, CIGENRL, READING, SECNDED, ELEMMID, AND EARLYCHD before they can enroll in CIFLD 411, CIFLD 412, CIFLD 414: Directed Teaching.

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), attend a professional conference related to ESL/BE before student teaching, and complete the minor with at least a 3.0 GPA OR pass the Praxis II ESL Content Exam (5362) before you can apply for the license.

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.