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Early Childhood Education Program

ESL Programs and Courses

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration and ESL and bilingual endorsements are designed for those who wish to work with children whose primary language is one other than English. The coursework can prepare you with the skills necessary to guide and assess a growing population of diverse learners. Depending on which path you choose, you can also prepare to add an ESL or bilingual endorsement to your teaching license.

ESL and bilingual Endorsements are for School of Education students who are seeking licensure or are already licensed teachers. Students who wish to become qualified to teach in an ESL or bilingual classroom are required to have an ESL or a bilingual endorsement added to their teaching license, a total of 100 field hours are required. In addition to the ESL concentration coursework, students pursuing either endorsement can learn to:

  • Examine instructional pedagogy for CLD learners in a culturally responsive school system
  • Study how supportive learning environments are built
  • Identify barriers, benefits and techniques for working with outside groups to support CLD learners

Students pursuing a bilingual endorsement must also pass a Target Language Proficiency test through the Illinois Licensure Testing System.

As of July 1, 2016, the Illinois State Board of Education requires that preschool teachers who provide native language/ English as a Second Language instruction to English Language Learner students must hold the ESL or bilingual endorsement or approval that corresponds with the teaching assignment. For more information call the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Educator Certification, at 217.557.6763.

Required Coursework for Concentration
Course Title 27 Credits
SOE 260 Language Acquisition and Development4 Credits
ESL 336 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners4 Credits
ESL 337 Assessing the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learner4 Credits
ESL 420 Methods and Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners5 Credits
ESL 330 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners5 Credits
ESL 427 Methods and Materials for Bilingual Students5 Credits
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