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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 contact the following: