Program Overview

Enhance your skills and marketability as a bilingual or ESL teacher with the online bilingual/ESL endorsement courses at Aurora University. These courses are designed for teachers who already hold an existing Illinois teaching certificate/license in another subject area. You’ll be prepared to seek employment in Illinois as a bilingual or ESL teacher in the same grade level as your original certificate/license.

Get the skills and knowledge needed to meet the linguistic and academic needs of English language learners.

Curriculum Overview

Aurora University’s online bilingual/ESL endorsement courses provide
you with a broad academic background and clinical experience in bilingual/ESL instruction. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:July 1, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:1-2 Years
  • Credit Hours:18
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$565

Bilingual Endorsement Course Requirements

  • EDU5110 Foundations for Language Minority Education – 3 hours
  • EDU5120 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language – 3 hours
  • EDU5130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners – 3 hours
  • EDU5140 Assessment of Bilingual Students – 3 hours
  • EDU5150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners – 3 hours
  • EDU5170 Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in Bilingual Program – 3 hours
  • A completed admissions application
  • 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. Graduates from Aurora University undergraduate education programs should contact AU Online at for specific admission requirements.

Graduate-level course credit is transferable, allowing students to earn their degree faster than ever. Graduate-level credit earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education graded “B” or better may be transferred to Aurora University and applied toward a master’s or other post-baccalaureate programs prior to enrollment into Aurora University.

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Bilingual/ESL Endorsement Courses Career Outcomes

As the number of non-English-speaking students in Illinois schools grows, demand continues to increase for effective bilingual/ESL educators. Our online bilingual/ESL endorsement courses will prepare you to fill the need for educators of English language learners.

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