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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed for teachers and others interested in enhancing their knowledge and expertise in working with linguistically diverse students in school and community settings.

The four credentials offered by the TESOL program are:

  • ESL endorsement: Completion of the six required courses leads to endorsement in ESL (links to ESL/Bilingual Education Endorsement page)
  • Bilingual Education endorsement: Completion of the six required courses and passing a proficiency exam in a foreign language
  • TESOL Certificate: Completion of four courses
  • Master of Arts in Education -- TESOL

The six-course ESL/Bilingual Education endorsement sequence focuses on teaching English language arts across and through content areas to multilingual/multicultural children and youth..

Each course is 3 credit hours, resulting in a total of 18 credit hours for the program. The required ESL and/or bilingual field experience equals 100 clock hours. This field experience component is met within the six-course sequence. Candidates who have taught as licensed educators in classrooms with English language learners and/or emerging bilinguals may have the field experiences requirements waived with documentation from school administrators.

It may be possible to complete field experience hours for an ESL and/or bilingual education endorsement course while concurrently completing field experience hours for a professional education course in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, or special education program if the field experience goals for each of the two concurrent courses can be fulfilled simultaneously in the same field setting. Teacher education candidates must obtain approval from their course instructors to fulfill field experience requirements in the same field setting for concurrent courses. Individuals who are granted an ESL and/or Bilingual Education endorsement may teach in this capacity only at the grade levels for which their professional educator license is valid.

Master of Arts in TESOL (30 credit hours)

The Master of Arts degree in Education-TESOL requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (including core course requirements).

Core Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)
  • EDGCC 513: Educational Research Design and Development (3)
  • One Elective (3)

Completion of the core courses for the program and additional courses approved by the candidate's advisor will lead to the Master of Arts in Education-TESOL degree.

You must choose one of the following tracks, either ESL or Bilingual Education to completed your TESOL degree.

ESL Endorsement (18 credit hours)

ESL Endorsement only candidates must take:

  • EDGTE 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3) (Fall I) Fall Hours: 10
  • EDGTE 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3) (Spring I) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3) (Fall II) Field Hours: 20
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3) (Summer I) Field Hours: 10
  • EDGTE 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3) (Summer II) Field Hours: 10
  • EDGTE 482: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3) (Spring II) Field Hours: 25*

*In place of EDGTE 482 candidates for the ESL endorsement can elect to take the following course:

  • EDGTE 450: Methods of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language to Adults and Children (3) (Spring II) Field Hours: 25

Bilingual Education Endorsement (18 credit hours)*

Those candidates who wish to be endorsed in Bilingual Education must take:

  • EDGTE 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3) (Fall I) Fall Hours: 10
  • EDGTE 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3) (Spring I) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3) (Fall II) Field Hours: 20
  • EDGTE 482: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3) (Spring II) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3) (Summer I) Field Hours: 10
  • EDGTE 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3) (Summer II) Field Hours: 10

*To qualify for the Bilingual Education endorsement, candidates must pass the Illinois Language Proficiency Test in one of the target languages offered.

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.