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Education English as a Second Language

Basic Certificate (BC)

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The purpose of the Education Department English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to prepare teachers, administrators, and school service professionals who hold an Illinois Professional Educators License to meet the state endorsement requirements for the ESL. The ESL certificate will prepare teachers to teach in multilingual classrooms with students for whom English is not their first language. The coursework in these certificate is specifically aligned to meet the linguistics, development, education, methods, and cultural content requirements of the state endorsements including electives and an ESL practicum experience. The Education Department believes that these endorsements are of particular importance as the number of ESL students in Illinois is projected to continue to rise, and there is a declared ESL teacher shortage.    


Details: Basic Certificate (BC)

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Program General Requirements

15 CH

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Work-Based Learning Courses

3 CH
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