Enhance the abilities of ESL students in K-12 to read, write, and speak English

Teach and support students that identify English as their second language within your licensed grade level. Give students the skills and strategies to effectively learn and thrive in English-speaking classrooms. And provide them with the social awareness to interact with their peers in school and at extracurricular activities. Be an ESL teacher to the ever-changing and increasing community of diverse learners.

Cost Per Credit$669
100% Online

This program is offered fully online to fit your busy lifestyle!

By 2025,

25% of K-12 students in the U.S. will be English Language Learners (ELL).

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Program Overview

esl licensed teacher reading with students

Earning an ESL licensure (ESL #1395) prepares you to serve English language learners (ELLs) by helping them become proficient in academic English. Build their confidence and understanding in the English language and its rules for improved communication in and outside of school.

Learn how to give your ESL students the tools and strategies to do their school work, socialize, and grow as individuals. You will be introduced to the latest techniques for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in public and private schools. You will be trained in how to connect and communicate with different cultures and their communities.

Program Options (Licensure and/or Master's degree)

The ESL Program is an accelerated graduate-level program that has two options for individuals looking to become licensed as ESL teachers. Eligible students need to have their bachelor's in education AND their initial teacher licensure.

        Licensure Only Option > 18 credits
        Master's of Education + Licensure Option > 36 credits

If you desire licensure outside of Wisconsin, contact your state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet your state's requirements. Students from outside of Wisconsin may earn the Master’s degree without teacher licensing.

What to Expect

This is an online program for current licensed teachers that want to develop new skillsets and strategies to teach ESL students. You will need to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for different cultures and backgrounds. You will learn to serve as a mentor and advocate for ESL students in schools that are primarily English speaking.

  • Online format
  • 8-week sessions
  • Completion of a practicum
  • Expected completion for ESL licensure only is 10 months
  • Expected completion for ESL licensure + master's in instructional leadership is 2.5 years
  • Flexibility for work and personal schedules


Licensure / Certifications
WI DPI – ESL #1395 (attaches to your Wisconsin Teaching License)

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