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This online program is designed to enable licensed teachers to obtain the endorsement required to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Upon completion of the endorsement coursework, candidates will have the option to complete additional coursework to receive a Master of Arts in Education degree.

This program is designed for teachers who are either:

  • Employed currently in education programs serving English as a Second Language students, or
  • Preparing for or seeking employment as English as a Second Language teachers.

Candidates with a valid Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I endorsement on their current educator license are eligible to complete an English as a Second Language approval. The difference between the approval (9 semester hours) and the endorsement (18 semester hours) is that the approval allows individuals with a LBS I endorsement the ability to work with English Language Learners with Individualized Education Plans, while the full endorsement allows individuals to work with English Language Learners at the PK-12 grade range.

Download the English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement program brochure (pdf)

Course Descriptions (pdf)

Endorsement Requirements

You may apply for the State of Illinois English as a Second Language Endorsement upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0.

In addition to coursework, candidates for English as a Second Language Endorsement must have 100 clock hours in English as a Second Language field experiences (candidate must have access to English Language Learners) or have three months of teaching experience in an English as a Second Language program.

Endorsements can only be added to a valid Illinois Professional Educator License. Upon completion of the coursework, apply for this endorsement through the License Office at Dominican University. Once entitled, you must apply for the endorsement in your Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account.

Approval Requirements 

Candidates for the approval must hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License with a Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I endorsement. Upon completion of the coursework, apply for this approval by submitting an application online in your Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account.

The program can be completed in approximately three to four semesters.

Curriculum for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement
Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 651 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDU 654 Assessment of English Language Learners 3
EDU 655 Language and Culture 3
EDU 656 Linguistics and Language Development 3
EDU 657 Foundations of Language Minority Education 3
EDU 661 Literacy Development for English Language Learners 3

 

Curriculum for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Approval - Candidates Who Have Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement

 

Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 651 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDU 654 Assessment of English Language Learners 3
EDU 657 Foundations of Language Minority Education 3
Curriculum for both the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Endorsements
Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 651 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDU 653 Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Education Programs 3
EDU 654 Assessment of English Language Learners 3
EDU 655 Language and Culture 3
EDU 656 Linguistics and Language Development 3
EDU 657 Foundations of Language Minority Education 3