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Curriculum & Instruction: World Language Education

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Christopher Kirchgasler Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Global Studies Department of Curriculum & Instruction teaching class

Earn a master’s degree and a PK-12 teaching license in world language education as you learn to promote social justice and address inequities.


Is this program right for you?

If you want to teach world languages in U.S. PK-12 schools in ethical and culturally responsive ways, the World Language Education (WLE) program is for you.

There is a critical need for world language teachers in Wisconsin and beyond. This program is for students who want to become highly qualified world language teachers and have already earned an undergraduate degree with a language proficiency and sociocultural understanding of that language.

The WLE program will prepare teacher candidates to be critical world language educators who acknowledge and respond to social and educational inequities. The program is grounded on frameworks of justice-oriented, antiracist, and anticolonial pedagogies. Through rigorous and cutting-edge program classes, students will develop as critical thinkers and reflective professionals who are able to create transformative language learning experiences for diverse students.

In just three semesters, you will gain experience in educational theory, engaging students, and translating your studies into curriculum. You proceed through the program as a cohort, surrounded by peers who understand your goals and experienced teachers and faculty who are ready to support you.

Is this program right for you?

If you want to teach world languages in U.S. PK-12 schools in ethical and culturally responsive ways, the World Language Education (WLE) program is for you.

There is a critical need for world language teachers in Wisconsin and beyond. This program is for students who want to become highly qualified world language teachers and have already earned an undergraduate degree with a language proficiency and sociocultural understanding of that language.

The WLE program will prepare teacher candidates to be critical world language educators who acknowledge and respond to social and educational inequities. The program is grounded on frameworks of justice-oriented, antiracist, and anticolonial pedagogies. Through rigorous and cutting-edge program classes, students will develop as critical thinkers and reflective professionals who are able to create transformative language learning experiences for diverse students.

In just three semesters, you will gain experience in educational theory, engaging students, and translating your studies into curriculum. You proceed through the program as a cohort, surrounded by peers who understand your goals and experienced teachers and faculty who are ready to support you.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.
  • Provide a list of prerequisite courses and experiences to demonstrate depth and breadth of the language of certified instruction.
  • Demonstrate oral and written proficiency at the Intermediate High level (as defined by ACTFL) in the language of certification. This can be done via a passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Test, the ACTFL OPI and WPT, or other assessments as approved by the program.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Supplemental application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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February 01
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February 03
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Program highlights

  • With this accelerated program, earn your degree in 12 months and start teaching the semester after you graduate.
  • Earn a master’s degree and a PK-12 teaching license in world language education to teach language(s) (other than English) in various school and community contexts.
  • Learn to be a critical world language educator who acknowledges and responds to social and educational inequities.

UW–Madison is consistently ranked in the top five best curriculum and instruction programs by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Participate in an intensive 12 month sequence of courses that spans one summer and an academic year to earn your degree.
  • Fieldwork in Wisconsin schools and community sites, including potential options for spring student teaching outside of the Madison area.
  • Complete a master’s capstone project.

Sample curriculum

Summer

  • Problems in Educational Policy
  • Educating Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners
  • Foundations of World Language Education
  • Community-Based Practicum

Fall

  • Inclusive Education in Secondary Schools
  • Teaching World Languages I
  • Teaching World Languages II
  • Classroom Management for Secondary Educators
  • Part-time Student Teaching in World Languages (PK-8)
  • School-Based Practicum

Spring

  • General Seminar
  • Master’s Capstone in Teacher Education
  • Student Teaching in World Languages (6-12)

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