Wisconsin DPI Requirements for Teachers
General Requirements for Foreign Language Certification
The teaching major or minor in a language has six requirements to be met:
- Competency in using the language
- Understanding of the culture
- Understanding of basic linguistics and second language acquisition
- Methodology (instruction and assessment)
- An immersion experience (often satisfied through study abroad; alternatives can be approved)
- A measure of the candidate's oral proficiency
Certification for Teaching Foreign Languages in Elementary School (FLES)
- The FLES teacher needs to be certified in the specific language and at the grade level(s) being taught. Licenses are offered based on the recommendation for certification from an approved program at a college or university. Most institutions offer foreign language certification for grades 6-12. Licenses are also available, depending on the institution, for grades 1-6,* 1-9,* 9-12, or PreK-12. The license says:
- Elementary (1-6), Language (e.g., French, Japanese, Spanish)
- Elementary/Middle (1-9), Language
- Middle/Secondary (6-12), Language
- Secondary (9-12), Language
- PreK - Grade 12, Language
- Complete an elementary education major (1-6 or 1-8) with a teaching minor in the language (1-6 or 1-9
- Complete a middle/secondary certification (6-12) in a language through either a teaching major or a teaching minor and add three components for a 1-6 add-on in that language:
- Elementary foreign language methods course
- A course in child development/psychology appropriate for elementary teachers
- Practicum (which does not need to be a full semester of student teaching if the candidate has already done so in another language or for other grade levels).
- May currently teach foreign language at the kindergarten level with the kindergarten teacher present. In the future, the foreign language license may be extended to PreK-6, PreK-9.
UW Oshkosh Certificate of Residency and Transfer Credit Prior Approval Forms
- It is your responsibility once you return from your study abroad experience to come into the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ office (Radford Hall 315) with information to complete your Certificate of Residency form.
- At this point, to complete your Certificate of Residency form, you need to come into the DFLL departmental office bringing the following information:
- Your name
- Your social security number
- Your student ID number
- The language you studied
- The location of your study
- The date you left
- The date you returned
For more information, visit Wisconsin World Languages Education Teacher Licensure and Certification Information.