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Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education

Capstone Certificate in Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education

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Become a valuable resource and advocate for bilingual and multilingual students, and prepare for bilingual-bicultural education certification with this UW–Madison certificate


Is this program right for you?

Support the development of bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy for K-12 pupils who speak Spanish as a home language, as well as English-speaking pupils who participate in Spanish-English bilingual programs in Wisconsin public schools.

With sequenced coursework focused on teaching, learning and curriculum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education Capstone certificate allows practicing teachers with Wisconsin teaching licenses who are Spanish proficient to apply for and obtain their Spanish-English bilingual-bicultural licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. You will learn about bilingual pedagogies and methodologies to promote equitable education for bilingual learners in K–12 public schools and help address the growing need for certified bilingual-bicultural teachers, both locally and nationally.

Is this program right for you?

Support the development of bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy for K-12 pupils who speak Spanish as a home language, as well as English-speaking pupils who participate in Spanish-English bilingual programs in Wisconsin public schools.

With sequenced coursework focused on teaching, learning and curriculum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education Capstone certificate allows practicing teachers with Wisconsin teaching licenses who are Spanish proficient to apply for and obtain their Spanish-English bilingual-bicultural licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. You will learn about bilingual pedagogies and methodologies to promote equitable education for bilingual learners in K–12 public schools and help address the growing need for certified bilingual-bicultural teachers, both locally and nationally.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Have a Wisconsin teaching license.
  • Submit evidence of advanced-low Spanish language proficiency on the ACTFL Proficiency Placement Test by taking the Oral Proficiency Interview and the Writing Proficiency Test.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts

Program highlights

  • Complete four courses over three semesters to earn your certificate.
  • Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for a Spanish-English bilingual-bicultural education license in K-Grade 12 (age 21).
  • Option to complete your practicum in your own K-12 classroom.

The UW–Madison School of Education was ranked 5th in the nation in 2022 — marking the ninth straight year it has been rated among the top five by U.S. News and World Report.

How you'll learn

  • 14-credit cohort program combines coursework on UW–Madison campus with practicum in local schools.
  • Heavier course load during summer semester.
  • Evening courses during fall and spring semesters accommodate working teachers.

Sample curriculum

Summer

  • ESL/Bilingual Issues
  • Theories of Bilingualism and Biliteracy

Fall

  • Educational Linguistics for Bilingual Teachers
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Education Practicum

Spring

  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy in Schools
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Education Practicum

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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