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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.

Program Type


Program Format

On Campus

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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.
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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!

Career Opportunities

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.

Program Requirements


Tatiana Joseph, Assistant Professor in Teaching and Learning.
  • Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning
  • Program Director, English as a Second Language Education
  • Program Director, World Language Education