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The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education endorsements prepare both pre- and in-service teachers to design and deliver effective instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
The state requires that ESL and/or bilingual education clinical experience equal 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience, under a valid Illinois license, with ESL and/or Bilingual Education students. Completion of this program for individuals with a master's degree will lead to a certificate of advanced studies.
The state issues a letter of approval for ESL and also bilingual upon successful completion of this program.
Passage of a language proficiency examination in a language other than English is required for a bilingual approval.
The middle grade endorsement is available for candidates completing certification in either elementary or secondary education. To earn this endorsement, candidates are required to have the equivalent of 3 credit-hours of middle grade philosophy, curriculum, instruction and methods and 3 credit-hours of early adolescent psychology, in addition to 18 credit-hours in a subject area.
At Saint Xavier, students may opt to earn the middle school endorsement by completing the following courses:
|EDUG 459||Methods, Curriculum and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School||(3)|
|EDUG 508||Advanced Adolescent Development||(3)|
For the subject area, most endorsements require 18 credit-hours in one subject; but seven endorsements (bilingual education, bilingual special education, English as a second language, gifted education, mathematics, reading, and safety and drivers education) require additional hours or specific course requirements. Information about specific requirements can be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education.
The certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in education program is designed for individuals who have earned a master's degree and wish to complete additional graduate work without commitment to another degree program. A program of study is developed which is specific to the needs of each candidate and includes appropriate sequence of academic courses. Completion of the program leads to a certificate of advanced studies. All coursework (18-30 credit hours) to the certificate must be completed at Saint Xavier University. Certificates of advanced studies may lead to an endorsement in technology specialist or an ESL/bilingual approval.
The Teacher Leader Endorsement online only program is designed to prepare teachers who aspire to assume expanded leadership roles in their schools. The Teacher Leader Endorsement qualifies you to assume such roles as: department chair, instructional coach, grade-level leader, curriculum specialist and professional development specialist. This 17 credit hour online program is completed in two semesters.
The Teacher Leader Endorsement is designed for teachers who a hold a valid teaching license and a master's degree in any area.