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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 LEP Students.

More detailed information is available at the state website

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 222 English Grammar for Teachers 2   Spring
       
LING 224 Theoretical Foundations of Language Acquisition 4   Fall
       
LING 227 Cross-Cultural Teaching/Learning 2   Spring
       
LING 321 Introduction to Linguistics 2   Spring
       
LING 325 Principles of Assessment for TESOL 2   Fall
       
LING 326 ELL Content Methods 2   Spring
       
LING 328 ELL Specialist Methods 2   Fall
       
LING 328L ELL Practicum 1   Fall

 

Bilingual Education

Required Credits    When Courses are offered        
           
LING 222 English Grammar for Teachers 2   Spring
       
LING 224 Theoretical Foundations of TESOL 4   Fall
       
LING 227 Cross-Cultural Teaching/Learning  2   Spring 
       
LING 323 Bilingual Methods and Materials 2   Fall
       
LING 323L Bilingual Practicum 1   Fall
       
LING 325 Principles of Assessment for TESOL 2   Fall
       
LING 326 ELL Content Methods 2   Spring
       
LING 328 ELL Methods for Specialists 2   Fall

 

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):

  • INTR 614 Curriculum and Materials Development (2)
  • SPAN/FREN/GERM 371 Methods of Teaching Languages (4)
  • EDUC 136L Cross-Cultural Tutoring Practicum (1)
  • EDUC 225L Teacher Aiding Practicum (1)

 

Graduate-Level ESL Endorsement

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