License in English as a Second Language

The focus of the English as a Second Language program is on preparing ESL specialists who are licensed to teach English learners and also experienced in the evaluation and when and if necessary revision of the existing ESL programs in the school or district or creating an ESL program when needed. In line with the tradition of Cardinal Stritch University preparing teachers for the state of Wisconsin and in response to local and national teacher shortages in ESL, the College of Education and Leadership offers a program leading to Wisconsin state licensure in English as a Second Language (395). The program consists of 14 credits of coursework including a two-credit practicum that will be conducted in a setting where English learners are present. Courses are offered in blended model and for one night a week for eight weeks.

This program is designed for licensed teachers interested in pursuing a subsequent license to teach in school settings where English learners are present. The program is open to teachers licensed in any area. ESL licensure will be based on a teacher’s current license level.

Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Evening
Main Campus

According to Fast Facts, 10% of all public school students in the United States are English learners, but less than 1% of teachers are ESL licensed. The number of English Language Learners in the state of Wisconsin participating in ESL programs increased from 26,424 in the 2003-2004 academic year to 42,711 in the 2013-2014 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Data shared at the October 28, 2016 meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) meeting listed the Top 10 Subjects for Wisconsin Emergency Licenses and Emergency Permits. English as a Second Language was number 5 on that list, indicating that there is a need at the state level for licensed ESL teachers. A total of 104 emergency ESL licenses and permits were issued in 2015-2016 compared to 72 the previous academic year suggesting a 44% increase in the number of emergency licenses and permits issued.

Licensure is available at the following developmental levels:

  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood English as a Second Language; licensure code 71-395
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence English as a Second Language; licensure code 72-395
  • Early Adolescence-Adolescence English as a Second Language; licensure code 73-395

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

  • Prior Education
    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
    • A grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (probationary acceptance may be granted).

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program for consideration.
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take 4-6 weeks to be created.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Admissions


Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

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Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822
Email: admissions@stritch.edu  

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