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ESL and Bilingual Endorsements

Undergraduate and graduate students can complete courses to earn a state-approved ESL or Bilingual Education teaching endorsement.

ESL and Bilingual Endorsement For Elementary Or Secondary Certification

Sara VroomTo earn an English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education, a teacher must:

  1. hold or be earning a valid Illinois teaching certificate,
  2. have ESL or bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours,
  3. have earned credits totaling 18 semester hours in the following course areas: Linguistics, Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL, Assessment of the Bilingual Student, Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL, and Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching EL Students.

Bilingual Endorsement seekers must also pass the Target Language Proficiency Test for their non-English language (available in 26 different languages). See the the testing website for a list of languages and preparation materials.

Endorsement Requirements

English as a Second Language (ESL)

RequiredCreditsWhen Courses are offered
LING 224 Theoretical Foundations of Language Acquisition 4 Fall
LING 227 Cross-Cultural Teaching/Learning 2 Spring B Quad
LING 325 Principles of Assessment for TESOL 2 Fall A Quad (or Spring for Secondary)
LING 326 EL Content Methods 2 Spring (linear quad - night class)
LING 328 EL Methods for Specialists 2 Fall (linear quad - night class)
LING 328L ESL Practicum 1 Concurrent with course
LING 329 Curriculum and Materials Development 2 Spring A Quad (5:30-8:45pm)
LING 331 Introduction to Linguistics 4 Spring

Bilingual Education

RequiredCreditsWhen Courses are offered
LING 224 Theoretical Foundations of Language Acquisition 4 Fall
LING 227 Cross-Cultural Teaching/Learning  2 Spring B Quad
LING 323 Bilingual Methods and Materials 2 Fall B Quad (every other/odd years - night class)
LING 323L Bilingual Practicum 1 Fall
LING 325 Principles of Assessment for TESOL 2 Fall A Quad
LING 326 EL Methods for Content Areas 2 Spring (linear quad - night class)
LING 328 EL Methods for Specialists 2 Fall (linear quad - night class)
LING 328L ESL Practicum concurrent with course 
LING 331 Introduction to Linguistics 4 Spring
** Elective ** LING 329 Curriculum and Materials Development 4 Spring

Graduate-Level ESL Endorsement

Required courses (adding up to 18 hours)CreditsWhen Courses are offered 
LING 611 Theoretical Foundations TESOL   4 Fall and Summer
LING 612 Descriptive English Grammar 4 Fall and Summer
LING 613 TESOL Practicum 2 Fall, Spring, Summer
LING 614 Curriculum and Materials Dev. 2 Spring and Summer
LING 615 Teaching Reading/Composition 2 Fall and Summer
LING 616 English Phonology 2 Spring (online)
LING 618 ELL Methods and Materials 2 Spring and Summer
LING 561 or 563 Cross-Cultural Teaching 4 or 2 Fall and Summer

For more information on the graduate level courses needed to complete these ESL endorsement please contact the following: