English as a Second Language (ESL)/Bilingual Endorsement

The English as a Second Language (ESL)/Bilingual Endorsement programs at Benedictine University focus on meeting the urgent need for Illinois teachers who can address the cultural, linguistic and developmental needs of a diverse group of students.

The ESL/Bilingual programs challenge educators to examine the influence of culture on the political and social impact of teaching and learning in a second language.

The programs prepare licensed teachers in the foundations and methods of teaching ESL and bilingual students in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

The program consists of 18 credits of coursework and 100 clinical hours of practice that enable licensed teachers to obtain the additional state approval needed to receive an ESL or Bilingual Endorsement. Students seeking the Bilingual Endorsement will need to take and pass a state language exam.

All courses are based on adult learning principles and are delivered in a blended format that combines the most effective aspects of live instruction with self-directed, Internet-based learning.

The ESL/Bilingual Endorsement programs can be completed in approximately nine instructional months.

Curriculum

Number Title Credits Clinical Hours
EDUC 601 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity for English Language Learners and Bilinguals* 3 credits 20 hours
EDUC 604 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education 3 credits 10 hours
EDUC 606 Linguistics for Educators 3 credits 10 hours
EDUC 607 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 3 credits 20 hours
EDUC 609 Assessment of English as a Second Language and Bilingual Students 3 credits 20 hours
EDUC 613 Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs 3 credits 20 hours
  Total 18 credits 100 hours

*May be waived upon advisement if taken in Benedictine University’s M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy program.