Online Bilingual/ESL Endorsement

The bilingual/ESL endorsement program at Aurora University Online is designed for teachers who already hold an existing Illinois teaching certificate/license in another subject area. The endorsement will enable you to seek employment in Illinois as a bilingual or ESL teacher in the same grade level as your original certificate/license. The program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet the linguistic and academic needs of English language learners.

Program Requirements

The online bilingual/ESL endorsement requires 18 semester hours. The bilingual/ESL courses meet the requirements for both the Illinois bilingual endorsement and the ESL endorsement. If you wish to earn a bilingual endorsement, you must also pass a language proficiency test in the target language (TLP), administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS). All bilingual/ESL courses are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and include the required 100 hours of clinical experience embedded in the coursework.

Admission Requirements

  • Current Illinois teaching certificate/license
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and/or university (minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale)—if your undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75, you may be admitted on a probationary status and will be required to earn a 3.0 or higher in your first three courses
  • Official transcripts from institution of highest degree earned, any other graduate transcripts that may be considered for transfer credit* and/or original ECE or WES transcript evaluation.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with your professional abilities as an educator

*Evaluation of transfer credits must be considered upon acceptance to the program.

As the number of non-English-speaking students in Illinois schools grows, demand continues to increase for effective bilingual/ESL educators. The bilingual/ESL endorsement program will prepare you to fill the need for educators of English language learners. Check out this additional information about the different careers in education.

Course Details

EDU6110 Foundations for Language Minority Education – 3 hours
EDU6120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs – 3 hours
EDU6130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs – 3 hours
EDU6140 Assessment of Bilingual Students – 3 hours
EDU6150 Linguistics for Teaching ELLs – 3 hours
EDU6170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs – 3 hours

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

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