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English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Endorsements


The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education endorsement programs prepare teacher education candidates and licensed teachers to design and deliver effective instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The six-course sequence focuses on teaching the English language arts (reading, writing, speaking and listening) across content areas to children who are second-language learners and on effective teaching in bilingual programs.

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, or 3 months of teaching experience with ESL and/or bilingual students. This field experience component is met within the 6-course sequence.

It may be possible to complete field experience hours for an ESL and/or bilingual endorsement course while concurrently completing field experience hours for a professional education course in an elementary education, early childhood education, secondary education or special education licensure program if the field experience goals of 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 endorsement may teach in this capacity only at the grade levels for which their regular license is valid.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Requirements (18 credit hours)

ESL Endorsement (only) candidates must take: 

  • EDU 363: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDU 364: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDU 365: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3) 
  • EDU 367: Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDU 368: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3) 
  • EDU 366: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3)*

*In place of EDU 366 candidates can elect to take the following course:

  • EDU 369: Methods of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language to Adults and Children (3) 

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.

Bilingual Education Endorsement Requirements (18 credit hours)

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

  • EDU 363: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3) 
  • EDU 364: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3) 
  • EDU 365: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3) 
  • EDU 366: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3) 
  • EDU 367: Linguistics for Educators (3) 
  • EDU 368: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3) 

The Illinois State Board of Education issues an endorsement for ESL and/or bilingual education upon successful completion of this program. No additional testing is required for ESL endorsement; however, passage of a language proficiency examination in the target language is required for a bilingual education endorsement.

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.