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State of Illinois Endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language



Undergraduate

Undergraduate students working toward the completion of a degree in the College of Education that will culminate in their earning a valid Illinois teaching certificate (Type 03, 04, 09, or 10) may simultaneously complete the requirements recognized by Northeastern Illinois University's College of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for an endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The requirements include:

  • An ESL clinical totaling 100 contact hours (TESL 399 OR must provide documentation including demographics of school all on official letterhead and signed by district administrator OR 3 months teaching experience with ESL students and must provide documentation including demographics of school all on official letterhead and signed by district administrator). For more information on clinical experience requirement, please contact Courtney Francis, the TESL clinical advisor, at (773) 442-5872 or  C-Francis1@neiu.edu.
  • 18 semester hours distributed among the courses and areas listed below.     

NOTE: Students who have taken coursework prior to fall 2012 will be able to use their previously taken coursework toward earning the ESL endorsement.

ESL Content Coursework Prior to Fall 2012 Coursework Effective Fall 2012*
Language LING 201 and either LING 300 or LING 303 TESL 301 and TESL 310
Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL TESL 321 or TESL 341 TESL 341
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL TESL 340 TESL 340
Assessment TESL 343 or BLBC 342 TESL 343 or BLBC 342
Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) Students TESL 320 or LING 322 TESL 320 or TESL 330

* See NEIU catalog for course prerequisites. Check NEIUport for schedule of courses.

 


Graduate (Post-Baccalaureate)

Students who already possess a valid Illinois teaching certificate (Type 03, 04, 09, or 10) through the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in a college or university program in the State of Illinois and who wish to complete the necessary requirements for the endorsement to teach English as a second language (ESL) must also complete the following:

  • An ESL clinical totaling 100 contact hours (TESL 399 OR must provide documentation including demographics of school all on official letterhead and signed by district administrator OR 3 months teaching experience with ESL students and must provide documentation including demographics of school all on official letterhead and signed by district administrator).  For more information on clinical experience for graduate requirement, please contact Dr. Teddy  Bofman, the TESL graduate advisor, at (773) 442-5878 or  T-Bofman@neiu.edu.
  • 18 semester hours distributed among the courses and areas listed below.     

NOTE: Students who have taken coursework prior to fall 2012  will be able to use their previously taken coursework toward earning the ESL endorsement.

ESL Content Coursework Prior to Fall 2012 Coursework Effective Fall 2012*
Language TESL 402 and LING 401 TESL 402 and TESL 420
Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL TESL 414 TESL 414
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL TESL 410 TESL 410
Assessment TESL 468 or BLBC 442 TESL 468 or BLBC 442
Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) Students TESL 445 or LING 446 TESL 445

* See NEIU catalog for course prerequisites. Check NEIUport for schedule of courses.

To teach in a state-approved ESL program, you may obtain an application form through the office of a regional superintendent of schools in the county where you would like to teach. For further information or to request the form, visit the website at http://www.isbe.net/certification or call the office in Springfield, Illinois at (217) 557-6763. 

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