English as a Second Language Endorsement
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement from Illinois College is designed for current educators and teaching students who want to advance their careers by earning a specialized language credential. The program consists of 20 credit hours, is delivered online and can be completed in 10 months. The program also meets all ISBE ESL Endorsement requirements.
The ESL Endorsement is designed to be added to an existing Professional Educator License (PEL). According to the ISBE, the ESL endorsement may be added to early childhood, elementary, middle-grade, high school and special certificates (PreK to grade 12).
As a student, you will complete five courses designed to help you become an effective ESL educator, advocate and change agent in the education field. The curriculum combines theory, classroom practices and research to deliver a comprehensive education. Courses explore topics like linguistics for English language learners, second language acquisition, assessment, evaluation and curriculum design. You will also complete 100 required field hours to gain practical ESL teaching experience.
The flexible format ensures you can learn on your own schedule while continuing to work full time. Our faculty are experts and current practitioners in the field who bring relevant knowledge and experience to the online classroom. Upon program completion, you’ll be a responsive and effective ESL educator with the skills to make a positive impact on students’ lives in the classroom and beyond.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Illinois College is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)