Bilingual Education (BE) and ESL Combined Endorsements - Graduate

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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Bilingual Bicultural Education endorsement program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and hold a valid teaching license.

To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:

  • A completed application
  • Application fee ($40.00)
  • One official transcript from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • A copy of valid professional educator license
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  • Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words)

Course Requirements

32 Quarter Hours, Grade of C or Better Required in All Courses

Illinois target language proficiency (TLP) test required in addition to the coursework and field experience hours below: 

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 510SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
BBE 404LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE4
BBE 406SOCIOCULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION4
BBE 407EQUITY ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNERS4
BBE 425BILITERACY PRACTICES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND ESL4
BBE 466FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
BBE 524METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE4
BBE 526THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE4
BBE 97100 FIELD EXPERIENCE HOURS IN ESL / BE DOCUMENTED (PA grade required)0

Licensure Test

Individuals seeking a bilingual endorsement must complete the Target Language Proficiency (TLP) test in the non-English language.   

Endorsement Application

Individuals must submit an application directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) upon successful completion of the required coursework and licensure tests. All individuals must meet ISBE requirements at the time of application. Requirements are subject to change per the discretion of ISBE.