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English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Endorsements


The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education endorsement programs prepare teacher education candidates and licensed teachers to design and deliver effective instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The six-course sequence focuses on teaching the English language arts (reading, writing, speaking and listening) across content areas to children who are second-language learners and on effective teaching in bilingual programs.

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).

English as a Second Language (ESL) Minor/Endorsement Requirements (18 credit hours)

ESL Endorsement (only) candidates must take:

  • EDU 363: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDU 364: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDU 365: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDU 366: Methods and Materials for Teaching English in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDU 367: Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDU 368: Assessment of Bilingual Students (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.

Bilingual Education Minor/Endorsement Requirements (18 credit hours)

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

  • EDU 363: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education (3)
  • EDU 364: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • EDU 365: Cross-Cultural Studies in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDU 380: Methods of Teaching in a Bilingual Program (3)
  • EDU 367: Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDU 368: Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)

The Illinois State Board of Education issues an endorsement for ESL and/or bilingual education upon successful completion of this program. No additional testing is required for ESL endorsement; however, passage of a language proficiency examination in the target language is required for the bilingual education endorsement.

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.