Program Requirements — Bilingual-ESL Endorsement

The Bilingual/ESL Endorsement program provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the linguistic and academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). The program combines classroom study with on-the-job assignments that enable students to test theory against practical reality while meeting the state required 100 clinical hours.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires 18 semester hours for each endorsement and 100 hours of clinical experience.  At Aurora University, the 18 semester hours in Bilingual/ESL Education meets the requirements for both endorsements. Those earning a Bilingual Endorsement must pass a language proficiency test in the target language. The test is administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) and required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Required Courses in Bilingual/ESL Education:  18 semester hours

EDU6110 Foundations for Language Minority Education (3)
EDU6120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (3)
EDU6130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs (3)
EDU6140 Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)
EDU6150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
EDU6170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs (3)

Admission Requirements:

All candidates seeking admission to the Bilingual/ESL Program must:

  • Have a current Illinois professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12 or preschool-age 21)

Admission Procedures:

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all institutions attended and/or original ECE or WES transcript evaluation. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at
  4. One letter of recommendation.