Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning - ESL Licensure (DPI #1395)

English is a difficult language to learn. It’s also difficult to teach. Sharpen your skills for a 21st century classroom. This program allows you to earn your add-on licensure (ESL #1395) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


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Impact the world at your front door

As our local communities become increasingly global, the need for proficiency in the English language increases. Help those neighbors in your community who are struggling to learn English by enrolling in the flexible program. Learn teaching strategies for language acquisition and broaden your understanding of how non-native English speakers experience English speaking society.

Credits 36
Cost Per Credit $614
  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
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Program Overview

From the subtleties of word choice to the haphazard relationship between the way a word is spelled and pronounced,  it is hard enough for a native speaker of English to learn and understand the language, much less someone learning English as a second language. But an ESL licensure (ESL #1395) will prepare you to serve your English language learners (ELLs) by helping them become proficient in academic English. By helping them do that, you’ll prepare them for their continuing education and career readiness goals. Courses are offered in an accelerated 8-week cohort format, and the program is available in both online and face-to-face format. It’s important to note that you will also earn a Master of Science in Education through this program. (A licensure-only option is available as well.)

Academic Community Partnership

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education has a reputation for helping public, private, charter, and other school systems meet the needs of their students in the most comprehensive way possible. This is not only an exclusive partnership; we simply believe in providing opportunities to increase teacher capacity, improve leadership development, and impact student success.

Benefits of the Academic Community Partnership include:

  • Partner with a local university that has an excellent academic and ethical reputation
  • We come to you – meet with our team to customize a program or professional development that fits each districts’ unique needs
  • Meet educational objectives and enhance faculty expertise with highly respected, fully accredited programs in a wide range of graduate degrees, licensure programs, and technology options
  • Face-to-face cohorts or diverse online programs to meet your busy schedule. We provide expert instructors and consultants and draw on research-based practices through our rigorous accredited programs
  • Professional development connected to university credit
  • Receive $450 per eligible graduate course or $150 per eligible adult accelerated course
What to Expect

You’ll learn relevant teaching strategies to implement in your classroom, while building a portfolio to demonstrate growth and competency in teaching standards. The program will reveal best practices in teaching advanced English vocabulary and syntax, and provide a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the methodology of foreign language learning. All while helping you emerge a more confident educator.

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

In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning - ESL Licensure (DPI #1395) program is available at the following:

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