The Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsements are for students who are pursuing, or who have already earned, an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). Licensed teachers may enroll in the endorsement programs without being admitted to a degree program.
The programs are designed to prepare educators to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students in the PK-12 classroom. Coursework is oriented toward building competencies in praxis and pedagogy for teaching emergent bilingual learners as supported by research and theories. It aims to extend both theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning English in order to meet the needs of teachers in diverse contexts and their students.
The curriculum prepares educators to be effective in improving student learning and development in their content area as well as the acquisition of English as an additional language. It is designed to help teachers:
- develop a multicultural perspective that fosters inclusive pedagogies
- understand the cultural, linguistic, and sociopolitical milieu and their contextual basis on the education and language acquisition of emergent bilingual learners
- demonstrate knowledge about the communicative and academic processes for language acquisition
- apply linguistically and culturally responsive strategies and equitable assessments within their pedagogy
- adopt a professional identity that is characterized by self-reflection, knowledge, skills, and leadership to effectively advocate for multilingual learners
Candidates seeking the Bilingual endorsement in Illinois must achieve a passing score on the target language proficiency exam, administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Please refer to ISBE’s website for more information.
General Graduate Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Concordia University Chicago graduate programs as published in the Concordia University Chicago academic catalog.
New students are accepted into graduate degree-seeking, approval, certificate, endorsement and/or post-graduate programs for online and on-campus study in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Previously admitted students seeking to change programs may do so at the beginning of a semester (only) by submitting a Change-of-Program quick app. Applicants must be in good academic standing according to Concordia University Chicago’s satisfactory academic progress standards at the time of requesting a program change.
|Assessment of Language Minority Students 1
|Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education 1
|Cross-Cultural Studies: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 1
|Language and Linguistics 1
|Teaching English as a Second Language 1
|Methods and Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 1
|Methods and Materials for Teaching in a Bilingual Classroom 2
Course required for the ESL endorsement in Illinois.
Students seeking successful completion of this course must be bilingual/proficient in a language other than English. Bilingual proficiency is defined as being able to demonstrate adequate speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills (in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context) in a non-English language in which transitional bilingual education is offered in Illinois. 100 hours of fieldwork with school-age Bilingual and English learners are embedded within and acquired as part of the coursework
Non-degree Completion Requirements
- Have on file an application as a non-degree-seeking graduate student.
- Complete, for the program being sought:
- the credit hours and levels as designated,
- within the specified time limit,
- with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Students completing multiple advanced programs or degrees at CUC must have a 3.0 GPA in each academic program in addition to a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- If transfer credit is approved to be applied: have on file an approved “Graduate Transfer Credit Approval” form(s) or evaluation(s).
- Have on file the Intent to Graduate/Complete form with the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline.
- Take and pass the final examination or terminal requirements in the program during or after the final course.
- Approval of the faculty.
- Payments of all tuition and fees due to Concordia University Chicago. All holds must be removed to receive transcripts.
Every attempt has been made to include information to aid the student with information about his/her program requirements. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to complete all steps and meet all deadlines relevant to completion requirements.
This program leads to an Illinois endorsement with direct University entitlement. The awarding of an Illinois subsequent endorsement may require the completion of your academic program, and will require an existing PEL, and a passing score on the corresponding Illinois State Licensure Test. For your endorsement’s specific test requirement please refer to ISBE’s webpage or contact the Licensure Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.