Already a certified teacher? This program offers you the opportunity to add additional language-teaching licenses (ESL, Bilingual, World Language) to your teacher certification.

Why ECA Second Language?

  • Flexible and accessible schedule of classes that include evening courses, online courses, and summer courses.
  • Rigorous preparation for future employment with relevant field experience.
  • Several options for majors, minors, and add-on credentials.
  • Promotes multilingualism by exploring issues of learning and teaching in more than one language.
  • Highlights the cultural, sociological, linguistic, and psychological diversity in U.S. educational institutions.

The Second Language program is available for students who plan to:

  • Teach English to non-native speakers (English as a Second Language (ESL)).
  • Teach in a classroom where two languages (English and another language) are used for instruction (Bilingual).
  • Teach a world language.

Undergraduate Program

Program Sheets

Bilingual Program Sheet (PDF)

English as a Second Language – Major Program Sheet (PDF)

English as a Second Language – Minor Program Sheet (PDF)

World Languages – Major Program Sheet (PDF) – American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish

World Languages – Minor Program Sheet (PDF) – American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish

Admission Criteria

  • Department of Public Instruction Communications Requirement: passing scores on CORE Exam or sanctioned alternative.
  • English Composition: Achieve a placement level of 4 or higher on the English Placement Test, or complete ENGLISH 102 or an equivalent with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of CURRINS 300: Introduction to Teaching with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of COMMUN 103 with a C or better
  • A 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA in all UWM and transfer courses at the time of admission application.
  • A minimum of 48 credits (UWM and transfer credits) at the time of admission application.
  • Applications must be received by December 15.

Undergraduate Program Application (PDF)

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Program Sheets - Majors
Program Sheets - Minors

Admission Criteria

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all coursework completed for undergraduate credit.
  • Department of Public Instruction Communications Requirement: passing scores on CORE Exam or sanctioned alternative.
  • Applications must be received by December 15.

Post-Baccalaureate Program Application (PDF)

Explore the Program Further!

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree can earn their teaching certification by successfully completing our post-baccalaureate teaching certification program. It’s possible that coursework completed as part of your bachelor’s degree could be applied towards our program. Please complete the web form below to find out if any of your previous course work can be used to fulfill certification requirements.

Request for Transcript Evaluation Form

Graduate Program

Please contact Dr. Tatiana Joseph, Program Chair and Assistant Professor for more information. This is a focus area in the Curriculum and Instruction MS Degree program. See C&I Master’s degree program.

Admission Criteria

Applications must be received by December 15.

Add On License & Extension License

  • Initial Certification

For More Information

Dr. Tatiana Joseph
Program Director
josepht@uwm.edu

Contact Us

Questions about the program and/or admissions?

Maggie Kaczmarek
kaczmarm@uwm.edu

Contact a Second Languages Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

(Last names A – L) – Kristin Roosevelt

(Last names M – Z) – Nikki Claas

Program Faculty

Dr. Maria-Antonieta Avila
Assistant Professor

Dr. Tatiana Joseph
Program Director & Assistant Professor