Program Highlights

  • 18 credit license completion program
  • 8-week accelerated courses
  • Start in Fall, Spring or Summer semesters
  • Licensure courses offered fully online
  • Tuition discount on licensing sequence courses
  • Courses can be applied to a Master’s Degree by completing 15 additional credits

License and Degree Requirements

The ESL Program is designed to meet your professional development goals by offering program options that can either stand alone or build upon one another towards a Masters of Arts in Education; ESL. Courses are offered online and in the classroom.

ESL License Sequence

The 18-credit licensing program leads to a Wisconsin DPI license certification in ESL (WDPI 395). The program is designed for experienced teachers who wish to add this certification. All courses are 3-credits each and may be applied towards completion of the MA-Education-ESL. All ESL License Sequence courses are available fully online.

  • ED 605B Paradigms in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  • ED 604A Second Language Acquisition in the Content Areas
  • ED 605A Language for Teachers I
  • ED 686 Language for Teachers II
  • ED 604F ESL Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • ED 693A: ESL Supervised Field Teaching

Master of Arts in Education – ESL

Completing the Master of Arts in Education degree will give you the skills and knowledge to become a leader of ESL Education in your school or district. The Master of Arts in Education: ESL requires completion of the 18 credits listed in the License Sequence, plus the 4 three-credit courses listed below, plus 3 additional degree related credits (course approved by advisor). 33 credits total. These courses are now available online. 

  • ED 605C ESL/Bilingual Program Development and Advocacy (Ethics requirement)
  • ED 689 Coaching, Mentoring and Teacher Leadership
  • ED 603 Introduction to Education Research
  • ED 692 Research Capstone Project (Studies in Change requirement)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Edgewood College is committed to making a life-changing education more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before. As part of the Graduate Affordability Promise, courses in the ESL licensure program are now $589 per credit.

In response to a critical need in Wisconsin schools, Edgewood College has redesigned our tuition structure, allowing for a significant reduction in graduate tuition for our ESL license certification program. This cost reduction offers you one of the most competitively priced ways to complete this license in the state.

At just $589 per credit, you can now complete your entire ESL license certification at Edgewood College for $12,558. Only 5 additional classes would be required to obtain your Master’s Degree.


Graduate tuition for the 2020-21 year (beginning Summer 2020) is $1032 per credit. Courses in the ESL License Sequence are offered at the discounted tuition rates shown below. (Effective Summer, 2020).

Each course is 3 credits, and can be applied towards a Master of Arts in Education with an ESL concentration. 


ESL License Sequence:

Course Title

Cost per credit:

Course cost:

ED 605B Paradigms of ESL/Bilingual Education

$589/credit

$1,767

ED 604A Language Acquisition in Content Areas

$589/credit

$1,767

ED 686 Genre, Knowledge, and Pedagogy

$589/credit

$1,767

ED 605A Formal to Functional Linguistics

$589/credit

$1,767

ED 604F ESL Curriculum Design & Assessment

$589/credit

$1,767

ED 693A ESL Supervised Field Teaching

$589/credit

$1,767

Total Tuition Cost - ESL License Sequence ($10,362)

Master of Arts in Education: ESL (additional coursework required for the Master’s)

Course Title

Cost per credit:

Course cost:

ED 605C ESL/Bilingual Program Development and Advocacy

$1032/credit

$3,096

ED 689 Mentoring, Coaching, Leadership

$1032/credit

$3,096

ED 603 Intro to Educational Research

$1032/credit

$3,096

ED 692 Applied Research Thesis

$1032/credit

$3,096

An approved 3 credit elective in Education

cost varies

cost varies

Total Tuition Cost - MA in Education:
*1032/credit is the 2020-21 graduate rate (beginning Summer 2020). Costs are expected to increase by 3.5% each year.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Teach Grant

ESL-license seeking students may qualify for the TEACH grant; a federal grant which, “provides grants of up to $4000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements.” These funds do not need to be repaid if you “serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received the TEACH grant.”

Please review carefully the TEACH grant website to review the program stipulations and obligations upon program completion. From this site, you can also find a link which lists current eligible schools and districts that serve low-income students.

To apply for the TEACH grant through Edgewood College, you must first notify your ESL program advisor about your intent to apply. Your advisor will then verify your eligibility with the Financial Aid office and put you in touch with a Financial Aid officer to complete the TEACH grant enrollment process.

Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent postsecondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee).This application is for graduate students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, license or certificate, or take courses as a non-degree student.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each post-secondary institutions that you have attended be sent directly toEdgewood CollegeGraduate and Professional Studies.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
  5. Submit a written statement listing the reasons that you will be successful in graduate school: cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
  6. Provide evidence of a WDPI initial educator, professional educator, or master educator license (or the equivalent).
  7. International students must contact Graduate and Professional Studies for additional admission requirements. Learn more.

Priority application deadlines for the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages program are:

  • August 10 for admission in Fall semester
  • January 1 for admission in Spring semester
  • May 10 for admission in the Summer session

To guarantee consideration, all required application materials should be submitted by these deadlines.Applications will be accepted after these dates until seats are full.

Currently, spots for Spring Semester are still available.

Transfer Credits
You may submit up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

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Out of State Licensure

Although Wisconsin maintains high standards for our teacher education programs, there is not simple reciprocity between Wisconsin and all other states. Each state sets their own requirements for teacher licensure, but will generally allow for Wisconsin teaching and administrator licenses to be transferred. Specific requirements are left to each state’s department of education, which are linked below.

State Licensure/Certification Disclosure for Teacher Licenses
The information below reflects whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.
Satisfies Educational Requirements:
WI, IL, CO, CT, DE, HI, IN, IA, KS (secondary), LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC, PA, RI, TN, TX, VT, WA, WV, WY
Does Not Satisfy Educational Requirements:  
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, FL, GA, ID, KS (elementary), KY, ME, MD, MS, NV, NH, NJ, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, UT, VA

State Licensure/Certification Disclosure for School Administration Licenses
The information below reflects whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.
Satisfies Educational Requirements:
WI, IL
No Determination Made:
All states are referenced here

 

Please contact Drew Silver, Clinical and Advising Coordinator, with additional questions.