Undergraduate and Graduate Bilingual and ESL Endorsements

Undergraduate and graduate students can complete Elementary K-9 Certification of Secondary Certification courses to earn a state-approved ESL or Bilingual Education teaching endorsement.

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Sara Vroom

ESL and Bilingual Endorsement For Elementary K-9 Certification Or Secondary Certification

To earn an English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education, a teacher must (1) hold a valid Illinois teaching certificate, (2) have ESL or bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months of teaching experience with ESL students, (3) have earned credits totaling 18 semester hours in five course areas: Linguistics, Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL, Assessment of the Bilingual Student, Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL, Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching LEP Students. A letter from a professor is required to certify the requirement of 100 clock hours of clinical experience.

Endorsement Requirements

English as a Second Language (ESL)

 Required  Credits When Courses are offered
LING 321 Introduction to Linguistics  2 Spring
LING 322 English Grammar for Teachers  2 Spring
LING 324 Theoretical Foundations of TESOL  4 Fall
LING 325 Principles of Assessment for TESOL  2 Fall and Spring
LING 326 Teaching ESL to Children, K-12  2 Spring and Summer
LING 327 Cross-Cultural Teaching/Learning  2 Spring
LING 328 Classroom Methods Practicum ESL 2 Spring
   Total: 16  

Bilingual Education

 

 Required Credits When Courses are offered 
LING 321 Introduction to Linguistics
(NOTE: LING 321 is now optional for BE endorsements)
2 Spring
LING 322 English Grammar for Teachers 2 Spring
LING 323 Bilingual Methods and Materials 2 Fall
LING 324 Theoretical Foundations of TESOL 4 Fall
LING 325 Principles of Assessment for TESOL 2 Fall and Spring
LING 326 Teaching ESL to Children, K-12 2 Spring and Summer
LING 327 Cross-Cultural Teaching/Learning 2 Spring
LING 328 Classroom Methods Practicum ESL Spring
   Total: 18  

 

Note: Students in either the ESL and Bilingual Endorsement tracks must select 2-4 hours from the following (practicums must be completed with ELL students):

  • SPAN/FREN/GERM 371 Methods of Teaching Languages (4)
  • EDUC 125L Multicultural Tutoring Practicum (1)
  • EDUC 225L Teacher Aiding Practicum (1)
  • EDUC 313L/324L Methods Practicum (1)

Requirements for an English as a Second Language Endorsement in Illinois

Teachers wanting to work as specialists in English as a Second Language (ESL) or bilingual education (BE) in Illinois public schools must earn an endorsement that is recognized by the state.

Here are the current requirements for an ESL endorsement.

1. A valid Illinois teaching certificate.

2. ESL clinical experience equal to 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience with ESL students.

3. Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas: 

  • A. Linguistics 
  • B. Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL 
  • C. Assessment of the Bilingual Student 
  • D. Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL 
  • E. Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching LEP Students

ESL Endorsement for Undergraduate Wheaton College Students

Undergraduate students at Wheaton College can earn an ESL endorsement by completing any combination of the following courses that covers all five areas and adds up to at least 18 semester hours.

For more information on the courses needed to complete the ESL endorsement please refer to the handbook (PDF).

Graduate students contact Dr. Alan Seaman for more information.  Undergraduate students contact Professor Sara Vroom.

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