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ESL Endorsement

The ESL Endorsement is for certified teachers (teachers with a valid Illinois teaching certificate) who would like to teach ESL at the grade level for which their certificate is valid.

Who awards the endorsement?

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) awards the endorsement. The College of Lake County is an ISBE-approved ESL endorsement provider.

What are the requirements?

  1. ENG 128 Linguistics and Society
  2. ENG 262 Theories of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education
  3. ENG 261 Methods of Teaching ESL
  4. ENG 268 Assessment of the English Language Learner
  5. CMM 127 Intercultural Communication
  6. Choose ONE Elective:
    • ENG 127 Introduction to General Linguistics
    • ENG 265 Grammar for English Language Teachers
    • ENG 267 Phonetics and Phonology for English Language Teachers

Eligible candidates can register for individual courses provided they have met the requirements of each of the courses.

What jobs are available on completion of the endorsement?

The ESL endorsement will allow certified teachers to teach ESL in the state of Illinois at the grade level for which their certificate is valid.

What is the cost and when are the courses offered?

Tuition and fees equivalent to 18 credit hours. Courses are offered during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.


See also TESOL Certificate.