The Bilingual Bicultural Education program offers a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the linguistic, academic, social, and cultural needs of English language learners by addressing second language acquisition and bilingual/ESL educational theory, research, policy, and practice. The foundation of the program rests on the sociopolitical, linguistic, and cultural implications of approaches to language education and language policies. The program offers two concentrations for Illinois State endorsement: Bilingual Education (BE) and English as a Second Language (ESL).
- Students seeking the Master’s degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education have the option to also pursue an Illinois initial or subsequent teaching certificate. Please consult your academic advisor as an additional program application may be required.
- Bilingual Education (BE): Requires an Illinois target language proficiency (TLP) test in addition to the required coursework and field experience hours.
- English as a Second Language (ESL): Must complete the required coursework and field experience hours (does not require a language proficiency test).
Individuals must submit an application directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) upon successful completion of the required coursework and certification tests. All individuals must meet ISBE requirements at the time of application. Requirements are subject to change per the discretion of ISBE. All certification guidelines, rules, and requirements can be found on the ISBE website.