The PK-12 Bilingual Minor program is for individuals who have a current Wisconsin teacher certification or are in the process of completing a teacher certification program and want to add an additional supplemental certification in PK-12 Bilingual Education.
A Bilingual Minor Will Provide You With
- Strategies and methods to support the target language growth of ALL of your students.
- The tools necessary to modify/adapt your lessons and activities to ensure that ALL students can participate.
- An opportunity to develop/strengthen cultural competence to help you understand and support ALL of your students.
- Tools and resources to become an advocate for Bilingual Education.
Who Is a PK-12 Bilingual Teacher?
- A Bilingual teacher is a trained individual (who is fluent in the target language and culture) who can bring the world into a classroom!
- Bilingual teachers plan for classroom environments that provide students the opportunity to develop proficiency and love, appreciation and fluency for languages and cultures.
- A Bilingual teacher works with students of all ages to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English in the target language.
- As a Bilingual teacher, you will join a network of teachers who are committed to global citizenship.
Why PK-12 Bilingual Certification?
Learning multiple languages can help students to:
- Create positive attitudes and develop less prejudice towards cultures and communities who are different from them.
- Become globally minded individuals who can understand and actively engage with the world.
- Develop fluency in another language and culture.
- Improve cognitive functions.
As a Bilingual teacher, you will have an opportunity to influence our communities to become more globally minded, multilingual and multicultural!
This teacher certification allows program completers to work as a PK-12 Bilingual teacher.
The UWM PK-12 Bilingual Minor consists of 24 credits including supervised field experiences. The program is designed to be completed at your own pace, with evening classes, virtual and summer courses as options.