Graduate Teacher Certification: ESL Minor and Licensure

Licensure - Teaching & Learning Concentration



The Graduate Teacher Certification with ESL Minor and Licensure is for Wisconsin classroom teachers who are working to obtain their Graduate Teacher Certification (ESL concentration). With this license, you will enhance your language skills to open up new opportunities, maximize your impact in the classroom, and become an expert in teaching in different settings. Program students may also complete 9 additional credits to complete their Masters of Education in Teaching & Learning degree.

The Master of Education in Teaching & Learning program uses a portfolio-based assessment process aligned with the Core Propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

The curriculum is developed to meet all Wisconsin state standards for licensure. While this course often leads to licensure, if you are outside of Wisconsin you should make sure the standards are aligned with your state.

Students can elect to take the Alternative Education (WI DPI #1952) curriculum as part of their Master of Science in Education – Teaching & Learning electives.


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Goals / Objectives

  • Understanding of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development
  • Experienced in applying current educational learning theories and developing their applications for the teaching process
  • Knowledge of effective instructional strategies, utilizing Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences as the philosophical foundation
  • Well-versed in the attitude, skills, and techniques needed to effectively teach at-risk students using social, personal, cultural, and community dynamics
  • Well-researched in the nature of alternative education K-12 programs in public schools and the impact on the community

Career Outlook

  • Leader in Public, Charter, Independent, or International School
  • Content Coach
  • ESL Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Museum or Outdoor Educator

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Teaching and Learning with ESL Minor and Licensure

18 Credits

Human Learning & Motivation (EDG 521/EDG 821) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Human Learning & Motivation examines the nature of contrasting theories of learning . Emphasis will be placed on major contemporary learning theories and their respective approaches to motivation . The primary objective is to provide in-service graduate students, as well as other school personnel, with a comprehensive picture of current major educational learning theories and issues and to develop their implication for the teaching process . This is a required course in the graduate program in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction; it has no prerequisites.
Curriculum Leadership (EDG 507/EDG 807) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Curriculum Leadership considers the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development.
Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching (EDG 528/828) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching focuses on expanding one’s personal repertoire of effective instructional strategies utilizing Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983, 1999) as the philosophical foundation. This course will provide for practical application while still requiring a critical analysis of Gardner’s worldview as well as one’s own. The course design is constructivist, and largely grounded in the concept of experiential learning as defined by Johnson and Johnson (1975, 1994).
Assessment for Learning (EDG 699/887) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Educational Research Methods (EFL 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Educational Research Methods examines the research tools available to design, implement and evaluate the formal study of the educational process in order to conduct research. The course includes the study of descriptive and experimental research methods, basic statistical methods as well as techniques of literature review and report writing, that is, the reporting of research. Students completing this course should have a draft of the first three chapters for either a thesis or graduate seminar project.
Portfolio I (EDG 627/924)

Course Description

Portfolio I is the first step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students complete the initial setup of their portfolio and develop rationales for each standard in their program.
Portfolio II (EDG 628/925)

Course Description

Portfolio II is the second step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students insert one artifact for each standard into their portfolio.
Portfolio III (EDG 629/926)

Course Description

Portfolio III is the third step in the required assessment process for the Masters in Education degree. Students insert at least two and no more than three additional artifacts for each standard into their portfolio.

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Thesis Completion Seminar (EDG 890) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Thesis Completion Seminar provides an advisory structure for writing the master’s thesis for the degree. The seminar is normally taken near the end of the coursework for the degree. The student defends the thesis at the end of the course.
Graduate Capstone Project (EDG 595/895) - Credits: 3

Course Description

GRADUATE CAPSTONE PRO JECT provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in school administration, curriculum, planning, organizing and evaluating. The seminar focuses on student projects and problems related his or her professional development. 3 credits.

Teaching and Learning with ESL Minor and Licensure curriculum

18 credits

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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