ESL / Bilingual Concentration

ESL Certification for Educators

The English as a Second Language (ESL) minor program is a certifiable minor or license based on equivalency 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.

Master’s of Science in Education

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 Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning.


  • EDG 700/900 Cross Cultural Communication for Teachers of Language Learners (3 credits)
  • EDG 706/906 Basic English Linguistics for Teachers of Language Learners (3 credits)
  • EDG 677/816 ELL Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Grammar Strategies (3 credits)
  • EDG 681/817 Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners (3 credits)
  • EDG 682/819 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits)
  • EDG 683/871 Observation, Analysis, and Practicum in ESL Classrooms (3 credits)
  • EDG 695/897 Portfolio: ESL (0 credits)

Bilingual Education Concentration

The bilingual education concentration (#1023) can be added to the ESL minor program.  It will lead to both ESL and Bilingual licensure if all requirements are met. The bilingual license is a supplemental license. It will attach to an educators license(s). Students wishing to complete this track must meet ALL ESL requirements, or their equivalent, prior to starting the track.

Students pursuing the bilingual education supplemental license must take ACTFL-OPI in their language area: Chinese-Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, German, Arabic, Hmong, Albanian, and Urdu, and earn a score of Intermediate High.


  • EDG 782/982 History, Politics, and Methodology of Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • EDG 783/983 Observation, Analysis, and Practicum in Bilingual Classrooms (3 credits)
  • EDG 795/985 Portfolio: Bilingual (0 credits)