The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers coursework for a supplemental certification in Bilingual Education. This program is designed for individuals who wish to teach in a classroom in which two languages (English and another language) are used for instruction. Students wishing to pursue this certification must be in process of or already have a certification.
Professional Education Requirements
|CURRINS 503||Assessment Issues in Language Education||3|
|CURRINS 541||Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL||3|
|CURRINS 542||History and Politics of Second Language Education||3|
|CURRINS 543||Developing Biliteracy||3|
|CURRINS 546||Language, Content, and Comprehensible Input||3|
|CURRINS 655||Applied Educational Linguistics||3|
|Student Teaching 1|
|CURRINS 442||Student Teaching in Bilingual Education||3|
|CURRINS 445||Seminar in Language Education 2||3|
Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To be approved for placement, additional criteria must by met. See Benchmarks for details.
Not required for students currently completing a portfolio in their major certification
Additional Requirements for Certification
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all professional education courses. This includes any transfer coursework that is counted towards certification at UWM, as well as grades earned in student teaching or field experiences.
- Undergraduate students must meet the graduation requirements for their primary certification.
- Program Portfolio - based on the 10 WI Teacher Standards.
Prior to requesting/being assigned a student teaching placement, students must:
- Demonstrate Foreign Language Proficiency - A minimum score of Intermediate-High on the ACTFL OPI or equivalent is required prior to student teaching placement. Submit scores from your language proficiency test to your academic advisor.
- Complete and submit an application. Deadlines for submission are posted by the Office of Clinical Experiences.
To be approved, students must ALSO meet the following criteria:
- Be admitted to the School of Education
- Complete all required coursework. An exception to allow a student to take a course concurrently with student teaching requires approval by the student's faculty advisor.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all undergraduate coursework, including transfer courses.
- Have a minimum 2.75 GPA in all content area and professional education courses.
- Removal of all F and/or I (incomplete) grades.
- TB test results submitted to the Office of Clinical Experiences (may take up to 6 weeks).
- Criminal Background Check submitted to the Office of Clinical Experience
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