Aurora University

English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education (Minor)

Why minor in ESL/Bilingual Education?

The minor in English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education prepares teacher candidates to meet the academic and linguistic needs of English Language Learners in their classrooms.

You do not need to be bilingual to seek an ESL endorsement. This minor is designed to prepare you to meet state requirements for a Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement at the early childhood, elementary, or secondary level. This makes the minor an endorsement program. It will also enable teacher candidates to enter the workforce with a Bilingual and/or ESL endorsement in addition to their elementary or secondary education licensure.

Why ESL/Bilingual Education at AU?

You can add this minor to any other AU education licensure program. AU ESL/Bilingual minor coursework meets the Illinois State Board of Education requirements for the endorsement needed to work in a preschool and/or a K–12 setting for English Language Learners. Candidates who speak a target language will qualify for the Bilingual endorsement after passing the Illinois Target Language Proficiency Test in their target language.

Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning. Robert John Meehan
Spartan Story

Spartan Story: Jason Morales '21 was inspired to become an education major after a teacher changed his life by helping him learn English. He wants to have the same impact on other children's lives.