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The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education endorsements prepare both pre- and in-service teachers to design and deliver effective instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
The state requires that ESL and/or bilingual education clinical experience equal 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience, under a valid Illinois license, with ESL and/or Bilingual Education students. Completion of this program for individuals with a master's degree will lead to a certificate of advanced studies.
The state issues a letter of approval for ESL and also bilingual upon successful completion of this program.
Passage of a language proficiency examination in a language other than English is required for a bilingual approval.
The Teacher Leader Endorsement online only program is designed to prepare teachers who aspire to assume expanded leadership roles in their schools. The Teacher Leader Endorsement qualifies you to assume such roles as: department chair, instructional coach, grade-level leader, curriculum specialist and professional development specialist. This 17 credit hour online program is completed in two semesters.
The Teacher Leader Endorsement is designed for teachers who a hold a valid teaching license and a master's degree in any area.