ESL/Bilingual Endorsement

Why study to receive the English as a Second Language (ESL)/Bilingual Endorsement at Aurora University?

This program will enhance your knowledge and skills to better meet the linguistic and academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). The program meets the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for both the ESL Endorsement and Bilingual Endorsement, including the 100 clock hours, when added to your Professional Educator License.

You do not need to speak another language to attain your ESL Endorsement. If you speak another language and would like to attain your Bilingual Endorsement, you must pass a Target Language Proficiency Test.

Program quick facts
Program structure
  • 18 semester hours of ESL/Bilingual coursework
  • 100 clock hours embedded in coursework

Career opportunities

  • Bilingual classroom teacher
  • Dual language teacher
  • ESL classroom teacher
  • Inclusive classroom teacher
  • Instructional coach

Prepare for your future

Studying ESL/Bilingual does more than teach you skills needed for a successful career, it enhances your ability to meet the needs of ELLs. Overall, this program gives you the skills necessary to adapt teaching methods to engage all learners in your classroom.