English as a Second Language Endorsement

Certificate  The ESL program prepares educational leaders to meet the needs of diverse non-English speaking students in classrooms and prepares educators to be culturally responsive.

Endorsement  The ESL certificate program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and graduates are eligible to apply for an endorsement to be added to their active Illinois teaching license.

Graduate degree opportunity  Combine the graduate certificate with an additional 16 credit hours of EDL course work to fulfill requirements for a Master of Arts in Education degree.

Passing at the graduate level is considered a B or higher. A maximum of 8 hours of C (2.0) is applicable, provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at the time of program completion and an approved student petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration. Grades of C- or lower are not accepted.


EDL 550Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as Second Language4
EDL 584Assessment of ESL Students4
EDL 592Linguistics4
EDL 593Cross Cultural Studies for ESL2
EDL 594Methods and Materials for ESL4
EDL 595ESL Clinical Experience 12
Total Hours20

1This class may not be required for students who have met the clinical experience requirement of the Illinois State Board of Education for English as a Second Language Letter of Approval/Endorsement.