By 2025, 1 in 4 students in U.S. Schools will be English Language Learners. And, in Wisconsin alone, 86% of school districts will have English Language Learners. That means all teachers will likely work with students who are learning English in school. But today there is a critical shortage of teachers who are prepared to meet this growing demand.
- As part of the Education program at Edgewood College, you have the option of earning a minor in Teaching English Language Learners: ESL/Bilingual Education. This minor is designed to prepare you for licensing to teach English Language learners and is attached to a licensing program such as Early Childhood: Regular Education or Middle Childhood through Adolescence: Regular Education.
As a teacher candidate, you will begin your practicum experiences early in the program and will be offered a variety of teaching experiences at multiple grade levels.
Madison offers a diverse array of placements, including private, parochial, and public schools in urban and suburban areas as well as nearby smaller communities. This provides you with a broader range of experiences, which facilitates exploration to find the best fit for you, as well as increasing marketability.
The career outlook for Wisconsin teachers with a bilingual license is bright! There currently is a critical shortage of teachers in the state with the skills to meet the demand.
The Teacher Education licensing programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). Edgewood College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.