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Master of Arts in Education Dual Endorsement LBS I and Bilingual/ESL


The 30-33 credit hour special education and ESL/bilingual program emphasizes theoretical and practical implications of identification, assessment and instruction of students with disabilities. By observation of and practice with students with disabilities in varied settings, teachers gain the expertise necessary to provide direct instruction to students with disabilities; monitor students' progress; conduct assessments; employ various methods and materials; and collaborate with families, various professionals and paraprofessionals.

The ESL/Bilingual program is designed for teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge and expertise in working with linguistically diverse students in school and community settings. Teachers in the program gain expertise necessary to provide direct instruction to students who are speakers of other languages; assess students who are speakers of other languages; employ various methods and materials; and collaborate with school personnel and families to serve students who are speakers of other languages. Persons who wish to gain expertise in special education and ESL/Bilingual education who are not licensed teachers may also pursue this master's degree program.

Successful completion of this program leads to the Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I endorsement and either the ESL or the bilingual endorsement. Candidates pursuing the endorsements must be licensed educators. However, candidates who wish to pursue expertise in special education and ESL/bilingual education for other purposes are welcome.

Dual Endorsement Requirements (30-33 credit hours)

LBS I Endorsement

To earn the LBS I endorsement, teachers must earn credit in the courses listed below and pass the Learning Behavior Specialist I (#155) test.

  • EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)*
  • EDGSP 520: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3)
  • EDGSP 524: Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision Making (3)
  • EDGSP 525: Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (6)

*It is common for teachers to have credit for this course from their initial teacher preparation.

ESL Endorsement

To earn the ESL endorsement, teachers must earn credit in the courses below, but no licensure testing is required at this time.

  • EDGTE 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDGTE 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDGTE 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDGTE 482: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Classroom (3)
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDGTE 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)

Bilingual Endorsement

To earn the bilingual endorsement, teachers must earn credit in the courses below and pass an Illinois Language Proficiency Test in one of the target languages offered:

  • EDGTE 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDGTE 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDGTE 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDGTE 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)

Candidates must pass the Illinois Language Proficiency Test prior to taking EDGTE 485 and lesson plans and other assignments will be written in the target language.

  • EDGTE 485: Methods of Teaching in a Bilingual Program (3)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.