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Winter/Spring/Summer 
2013- 2014

Catalog update:
October 15, 2013

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Early Childhood Bilingual/ESL endorsement program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and hold a valid teaching license.

To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:

  •  A completed application
  • Application fee ($40.00)
  • One official transcript from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • A copy of valid professional educator license
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  • Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words)

Requirements for Primary Grades English as a Second Language Endorsement

Persons seeking this endorsement must have a total of 18 semester hours of coursework required below and meet the other requirements:

  • A valid Illinois teaching license.
  • ESL clinical experience equal to 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience with ESL students.
  • Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas.
    • Linguistics
    • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
    • Assessment of the Bilingual Student
    • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
    • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Student

Requirements for Primary Grades Bilingual Endorsement

Persons seeking this endorsement must have a total of 18 semester hours of coursework required below and meet the other requirements:

  • A valid Illinois teacher license.
  • Bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in bilingual programs.
  • Successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught.
  • Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas:
    • Foundations of Bilingual Education
    • Assessment of Bilingual Students
    • Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs
    • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students
    • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

To receive a bilingual or ESL  teacher endorsement, you may apply as part of the degree process or if you are not seeking a degree you must apply directly to ISBE.   

Once admitted to the Bilingual/ESL Early Childhood endorsement program, students should follow the sequence of courses listed below, grade of C or better required in all courses :

Licensure Test

Individuals seeking a bilingual endorsement must complete the Target Language Proficiency (TLP) test in the non-English language.  

Endorsement Application

Individuals must submit an application directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) upon successful completion of the required coursework and licensure tests.  All individuals must meet ISBE requirements at the time of application.  Requirements are subject to change per the discretion of ISBE.