English Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) Education

The English education major, offered through the Department of English, is an undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach English to students, ages 10 through 21. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor of arts degree and a Wisconsin teaching license in English education (73-300). In addition, English education majors may complete an optional concentration in broadfield language arts, resulting in a broadfield language arts license (73-301). The broadfield language arts licenses allows teachers to teach general-level speech and journalism courses.


In addition to specific general education coursework, students complete a wide-variety of courses in the major that provide opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful teachers. The major requires coursework focusing on child development, pre-primary curriculum development, teaching methodology, and family/community support systems.

Advising and Program Support

Students majoring in English education are provided with advisers in both the English major and the School of Education Advising, Recruitment and Retention Office. In addition to academic advising, faculty and professional advisers offer English education majors preparatory support for the Praxis Core and Praxis II standardized tests, as well as professional development support.

Job Placement

English education graduates are well prepared to teach children in diverse, classroom settings. One hundred percent of our recent English education graduates who sought employment in the field have been hired within one year of graduation.