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The Education Department offers endorsement programs for graduate and undergraduate students.
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 online-only Teacher Leader Endorsement 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.Please view the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.
The Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement program is offered in an online format and also in a face-to-face format for teachers who hold a valid teaching license. It is designed to prepare teachers who wish to qualify to teach students with disabilities at the grade levels of your Professional Educator License. This 12-credit* hour program is completed in two semesters or in compressed format in the summer. The LBS I content licensure test (#155) is also required for entitlement. Access to study materials is provided as part of the program.
*Most educators have taken a course equivalent to EDGSP 413 in their initial licensure programs. Transcript reviews will be conducted on a case-by-case basis to determine if that course will be needed.
Please Note: The LBS I endorsement program does not qualify those who obtain it to teach at all grade levels, from kindergarten through age 21. The endorsement is limited to the grade levels of the PEL held by the teacher who takes these courses.