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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed for teachers and others interested in enhancing their knowledge and expertise in working with linguistically diverse students in school and community settings.

The four credentials offered by the TESOL program are:

The six-course ESL/Bilingual Education endorsement sequence focuses on teaching English language arts across and through content areas to multilingual/multicultural children and youth..

Each course is 3 credit hours, resulting in a total of 18 credit hours for the program. In addition to the coursework, 100 hours of field experience in bilingual or ESL classrooms is required. This requirement is waived with documentation of at least 3 months of teaching experience on a valid license in a bilingual or ESL setting.

The SXU licensure officer will entitle candidates for an endorsement for ESL and/or bilingual education upon successful completion of this program. Individuals who are granted an ESL and/or bilingual endorsement may teach in this capacity only at the grade levels for which their regular license is valid. No additional testing is required for ESL endorsement; however, passage of a language proficiency examination in the target language is required for a bilingual education endorsement (see course descriptions for prerequisites).

Master of Arts in TESOL (30 credit hours)

The Master of Arts degree in Education-TESOL requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (including core course requirements).

Core Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)
  • EDGCC 513: Educational Research Design and Development (3)
  • One Elective (3)

Completion of the core courses for the program and additional courses approved by the candidate's advisor will lead to the Master of Arts in Education-TESOL degree.

You must choose one of the following tracks, either ESL or Bilingual Education to completed your TESOL degree.

ESL Endorsement (18 credit hours)

ESL Endorsement only candidates must take:

  • EDGTE 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3) (Fall I) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3) (Spring I) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3) (Fall II) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 482: Methods of Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3) (Spring II) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3) (Summer I)
  • EDGTE 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3) (Summer II)

Bilingual Education Endorsement (18 credit hours)*

Those candidates who wish to be endorsed in Bilingual Education must take:

  • EDGTE 479: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3) (Fall I) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 480: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3) (Spring I) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 481: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3) (Fall II) Field Hours: 25
  • EDGTE 483: Linguistics for Educators (3) (Summer I)
  • EDGTE 484: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3) (Summer II)
  • EDGTE 485: Methods of Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3) (Spring II) Field Hours: 25

*To qualify for the Bilingual Education endorsement, candidates must pass the Illinois Language Proficiency Test in one of the target languages offered.

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.