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Illinois ESL, Endorsement

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.

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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.

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.


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