TESOL License

Graduate Programs

Teaching License in TESOL

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to meet licensure requirements for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

This program is designed for:

  • Individuals seeking an initial teaching license in ESL; and
  • Licensed teachers who want to add licensure in ESL and improve their skills in working with limited English proficiency (LEP) students.

Program Features

  • Meet requirements for licensure to teach ESL in Wisconsin and may meet requirements in other states.
  • Learn to adapt teaching practices and techniques for learners from different cultures, age groups and language backgrounds.
  • Acquire increased sensitivity for diverse cultural and language groups.
  • Interact with native speakers and international students in an instructional setting.
  • Take courses face-to-face on campus or online.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited institution. 
  • A grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a four-point scale) or 2.90 based on the last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits of their undergraduate program.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the general admissions requirements for graduate study at UWRF. International students must have a minimum score of 80 on the Internet version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or its equivalent. See additional requirements for international students.

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Debra Hare
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