The World Languages Program is available for students as a major or a minor. A World Language major is for students who plan to teach a world language to children from birth to age 21, in PK through 12th grade. The World Language minor will result in the additional certification at the same level as your initial license.
Students who satisfactorily complete the undergraduate program (as a major or minor) will be granted a license in one of the following languages: American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, or Spanish.
Students seeking a World Language certification (major or minor) may also add the following licenses:
• Bilingual (only available for Spanish, World Language Licenses; a bilingual license will allow you to teach Spanish for Heritage Speakers only)
• English as a Second Language
General Education Requirements (GERs)
UW-Milwaukee has General Education Requirements that must be met in order to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some of the requirements of your program may fulfill the campus GERs. Please review the requirements and consult with your academic advisor.
|COMMUN 103||Public Speaking (GER-HU, fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|CURRINS 300||Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork (fulfilled prior to program admission)||3|
|Minority Group Relations (Act 31)||3|
|A component of the Human Relations Requirement for Teacher Certification is met by completing one of the following courses or a one-day seminar.|
|American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (GER-CD)|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature: (GER-CD)|
|Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past (GER-CD)|
|North American Indian History Since 1887 (GER-CD)|
Language Content Area
Complete total credits in chosen language, plus any prerequisites. Initial language courses (levels 1-4) may be satisfied through language proficiency examinations. See academic advisor for details.
|American Sign Language|
|EXCEDUC 301||American Sign Language I||3|
|EXCEDUC 302||American Sign Language II||3|
|EXCEDUC 303||American Sign Language III||3|
|EXCEDUC 304||American Sign Language IV||3|
|EXCEDUC 305||American Sign Language V||3|
|EXCEDUC 306||American Sign Language VI||3|
|EXCEDUC 330||Deaf History||3|
|EXCEDUC 346||Skill Development: Semantics||3|
|EXCEDUC 352||American Deaf Culture||3|
|EXCEDUC 358||ASL/English Linguistics I||3|
|EXCEDUC 363||ASL/English Linguistics II||3|
|EXCEDUC 500||Fingerspelling & Numbers||3|
|EXCEDUC 520||ASL Literature||3|
|CHINESE 101||First Semester Chinese||5|
|CHINESE 102||Second Semester Chinese||5|
|CHINESE 201||Third Semester Chinese||5|
|CHINESE 202||Fourth Semester Chinese||5|
|CHINESE 301||Fifth Semester Chinese||4|
|CHINESE 302||Sixth Semester Chinese||4|
|CHINESE 401||Seventh Semester Chinese||3|
|CHINESE 402||Eighth Semester Chinese||3|
|CHINESE 320||Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film||3|
|or CHINESE 330||Chinese Language and Culture|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Chinese Art and Architecture|
|Topics in Chinese Art:|
|Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture|
|A Taste of China: Learning Chinese Culture and Society through Cuisine|
|Advanced Independent Study|
|Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience:|
|Transnational Asian Cinemas:|
|East Asian Civilization to 1600|
|Asian Americans in Historical Perspective|
|History of Ancient China, Earliest Times to 220 A.D.|
|Revolution in China|
|Aspects of Language:|
|Introduction to Asian Religions|
|Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy|
|FRENCH 103||First-Semester French||4|
|FRENCH 104||Second-Semester French||4|
|FRENCH 203||Third-Semester French||3|
|FRENCH 204||Fourth-Semester French||3|
|FRENCH 303||Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level||3|
|FRENCH 324||Contemporary French Language and Culture||3|
|FRENCH 325||Intensive Grammar and Usage||3|
|FRENCH 332||Reading French Texts||3|
|FRENCH 428||Castles, Cathedrals, and Common People: The Foundations of French Culture||3|
|FRENCH 429||Royalty, Reason, and Revolution: The Golden Age of French Culture||3|
|FRENCH 430||Reaction and Innovation: French Culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries||3|
|Complete 12 credits of 350-level or higher French electives.||12|
|GERMAN 101||First-Semester German||4|
|GERMAN 102||Second-Semester German||4|
|GERMAN 203||Third-Semester German||3|
|GERMAN 204||German in Your Field and Beyond||3|
|GERMAN 331||German Grammar in Practice||3|
|GERMAN 332||Presentation and Composition||3|
|GERMAN 333||Texts and Contexts||3|
|GERMAN 334||Introduction to German Studies||3|
|GERMAN 371||German Phonetics||3|
|Complete 12 credits of 300-level or higher German Literature electives||12|
|Complete 3 credits of 600-level or higher German electives.||3|
|Consult with a faculty or academic advisor regarding courses.||30|
|ITALIAN 103||First-Semester Italian||4|
|ITALIAN 104||Second-Semester Italian||4|
|ITALIAN 203||Third-Semester Italian||3|
|ITALIAN 204||Fourth-Semester Italian||3|
|ITALIAN 311||Advanced Conversation and Composition: Contemporary Italian Usage||3|
|ITALIAN 321||Introduction to Italian Literature||3|
|ITALIAN 322||Introduction to Italian Literature and Film||3|
|ITALIAN 457||Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation:||3|
|Complete 6 credits of 300-level or higher Italian electives.||18|
|Complete 6 credits of 300-level or higher Italian Literature electives.||6|
|LATIN 103||First Semester Latin||4|
|LATIN 104||Second Semester Latin||4|
|LATIN 205||Third Semester Latin||4|
|CLASSIC 202||Introduction to Roman Life and Literature||3|
|Complete 12 credits of 300-level or higher Latin electives.||12|
|Complete 6 credits of Greek, Classic, or additional Latin electives.||6|
|Consult with a faculty or academic advisor regarding courses.||30|
|SPANISH 103||First-Semester Spanish||4|
|SPANISH 104||Second-Semester Spanish||4|
|SPANISH 203||Third-Semester Spanish||3|
|SPANISH 204||Fourth-Semester Spanish||3|
|SPANISH 308||Advanced Writing and Reading||3|
|SPANISH 318||Advanced Speaking and Listening||3|
|or SPANISH 319||Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers|
|SPANISH 341||Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics||3|
|SPANISH 350||Introduction to Literary Analysis||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization|
|Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization|
|Survey of Spanish Literature and Civilization|
|Seminar in Spanish Literature:|
|Seminar in Spanish-American Literature:|
|Seminar in Hispanic Literature:|
|Seminar in Spanish-American Colonial Literature and Civilization:|
|Seminar on Cervantes:|
|Seminar in 18th & 19th Century Spanish-American Literature & Civilization:|
|Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization:|
|Seminar in Modern Spanish Literature and Civilization:|
|Complete 9 credits of 300-level or higher Spanish electives.||9|
|Complete 3 credits of 500-level or higher Spanish electives.||3|
Professional Education Requirements1
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Learning and Development|
|Cognition: Learning, Problem Solving and Thinking|
|Human Development: Theory and Research|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|The Exceptional Individual|
|Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language|
|Survey of Exceptional Education|
|CURRINS 542||History and Politics of Second Language Education||3|
|CURRINS 543||Developing Biliteracy||3|
|CURRINS 545||Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School||3|
|CURRINS 546||Language, Content, and Comprehensible Input||3|
|CURRINS 639||Critical Issues and Methods in World Language Education||3|
|CURRINS 655||Applied Educational Linguistics||3|
& CURRINS 438
|World Language Methods and Materials|
and Student Teaching in World Language: Early Childhood-Adolescence 2
|CURRINS 438||Student Teaching in World Language: Early Childhood-Adolescence||7|
|CURRINS 445||Seminar in Language Education||3|
A grade of C or better is required for all professional education requirements, including student teaching. Prerequisites may be required.
Courses must be taken concurrently with student teaching. Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To be approved for placement, additional criteria must be met. See Benchmarks for details.
Additional Requirements for Graduation
- Program Portfolio - based on the 10 Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 including any transfer coursework that is counted towards certification at UWM, as well as grades earned in student teaching or field experiences.
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum 120 credits.
- Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UW-Milwaukee.
- Completion of edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment): World Language Handbook required for certification.
English as a Second Language Minor - option
World Language majors wishing to complete an English as a Second Language minor would also need these additional requirements:
& CURRINS 541
|Student Teaching in English as a Second Language: Minor|
and Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL 4
Advance to Major
Program Admission Requirements
Application to the World Languages program requires satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below. For more information about the application process, visit our website at http://uwm.edu/education/academics/second-language/.
- English Composition: Achieve a placement level of 4 or higher on the English Placement Test, or complete ENGLISH 102 or an equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Mathematics Skills: Achieve a placement level of 30 or higher on the Math Placement Test, or complete MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 108, MATH 175, or an equivalent, with a grade of C or better. Note: MATH 103 or MATH 105 are recommended as they also meet core curriculum requirements.
- Completion of CURRINS 300 with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of COMMUN 103 with a grade of C or better.
- A 2.75 minimum GPA in all World Language content courses completed prior to program admission.
- A 2.5 minimum GPA in all UWM and transfer courses at time of admission application.
- A minimum of 48 credits (UWM and transfer credits) at the time of admission application. It is not required to have all content area courses completed at the time of application.
- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires that all applicants to a professional education preparation program pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) prior to admission.
Prior to requesting/being assigned a student teaching placement, students must:
- Take the Department of Public Instruction Mandated Content Exam (language proficiency) - ASL students require a 3 on the ASLPI. Other languages require a minimum score of Intermediate-High on both the ACTFL OPI and the WPT.
- Complete an Immersion Experience - Required for all prospective language teachers, this requirement must be met by spending a semester or a year in a country where the chosen major language is spoken. Submit documentation of experience to your academic advisor prior to student teaching placement.
- 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 2.75 on all undergraduate coursework, including transfer courses.
- Minimum score of Intermediate-High on the ACTFL OPI and WPT tests or a minimum score of 3 on the ASLPI for ASL students; a or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in languages content courses.
- Removal of all F and/or I (incomplete) grades in courses that count toward graduation or certification.
- 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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Scheduling an Appointment
Office of Student Services
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Transfer Student Not Yet Enrolled at UWM?
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Honors in the Department of Teaching and Learning
Departmental Honors are granted to students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester.
Honors in the School of Education
Dean's Honor List
GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.
Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction
Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).
Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.