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English as a Second Language Endorsement - Concordia

This program prepares educators to be effective in promoting student learning and development in the acquisition of English as a new language. It is designed to help candidates:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and the programs that support this learning.

  • Develop basic skills in management of the classroom, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.

  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.

  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community.

  • Analyze and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

  • Provide research-based instruction that includes the effective use of technology, attention to special needs populations, ESL literacy and language development.

Delivery Method

At UC, the program runs on a cohort model in Grayslake classrooms or via a hybrid model that combines classroom and online learning, depending on student demand. Concordia also offers this program in a fully-online format.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Official transcripts from bachelor's degree (and for any master's degree earned as well).

  • Valid Illinois teaching license (PEL)

  • Personal statement of 300-500 words describing your interest in the program, prior experience in TESOL or related field, and professional goals for pursuing the ESL endorsement.

Transfer Policy

Up to 50% of a degree may be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited graduate school.

Special Characteristics