Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL) for Teachers





The English as a Second Language (ESL) minor program is a certifiable minor or license based on equivalence to a minor. The purpose of the ESL minor program at Concordia University Wisconsin is to prepare educators to serve students who are English language learners (ELLs) and assist them to become proficient in academic English and prepare them for their continuing education and career readiness goals.

Individuals who complete the ESL minor program (and successfully pass the Praxis II exam – 5362 – English to Speakers of Other Languages with a score of 149 or higher) are eligible for the ESL #1395 license, which attaches to a current WI teaching license.

Individuals who wish to earn a Master’s of Science in Education through the Teaching and Learning Program can use 15 of the credits in the ESL or Bilingual programs to satisfy the elective portion of the Masters of Science in Education – Teaching and Learning.

Area of Study Education
Next Start Date Start Anytime
18 - 36
Total Cost
$10,422 - $20,844
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Goals / Objectives

  • Effectively lead instruction in academic english comprehension and understanding
  • Best practices in teaching advanced english vocabulary and syntax
  • A solid theoretical and practical foundation in the methodology of foreign language learning
  • Eligible for Wisconsin DPI Teacher licensure: ESL #395

Career Outlook

  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Teacher in a blended (English and Non-English speaking) school
  • ESL Tutor
  • ESL Program Director

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ESL Minor Coursework

Cross Cultural Communication for Teachers of Language Learners (EDG 700/900) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will examine the cultural diversity that exists locally, nationally and globally in order to develop a positive appreciation for the contributions of other cultures. Students will gain personal contact with members of other cultures and learn effective intercultural communication skills for our diverse world. Prerequisites: COMM 105 or 201, ENG 104 (or equivalent) .
Basic English Linguistics for Teachers of Language Learners (EDG 706/906) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the elements of linguistics, including a study of the phonetic alphabet and morphology.
ESL Literacy: Reading, Writing, And Grammar Strategies (EDG 677/816) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ESL Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Grammar Strategies provides students with opportunities to review, evaluate and adapt materials for use in teaching reading, writing and grammar to ESL learners. Students will gain facility in matching and adapting texts and materials to the needs to different kinds of ESL learners
Accomodating Differences In Literacy Learners (EDG 681/817) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ACCO MODATIN G DIFFERENCE S IN LITER ACY LEARNER S teachers learn to prepare students in five broad areas that are instrumental in working with learners who have varying levels of language and literacy delays: relevant criteria used for determining language and literacy delays in children; relationships between cognition, speech, and language; cultural and linguistic differences; instructional arrangements for diverse learning styles; and core components of effective literacy instruction.
Curriculum And Methods Of Teaching English As A Second Language (EDG 682/819) - Credits: 3

Course Description

CURRIC ULUM AND MET HOD S OF TEACHIN G ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE this course introduces the student to the methods, curriculum, and current practices in the teaching of English as a second language.
Observation, Analysis, and Practicum in ESL Classrooms (EDG 683/871) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Observation, Analys is, and Practicum in ESL Classrooms this capstone course provides students with observation and analysis skills to apply to their own ESL teaching for this practicum experience, as well as with techniques for working with paraprofessionals in ESL/bilingual classrooms in schools.
Portfolio: ESL (EDG 695/897)

Course Description

Portfolio: ESL Capstone assessm ent for the ESL minor that highlights a student’s understanding of the WI teacher standards and ESL Knowledge.

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