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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)

Required Credits    
When 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

Required Credits    When 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)
  Credits   When 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 refer to this document.

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