ESL or Bilingual Endorsement

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL or Bilingual Endorsement is designed to prepare graduates who are competent to work in school settings.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Classes available in 1 night per week or online format
  • 2 years or less completion time
  • Summer & holiday breaks
  • One course completed every 8 weeks

Program Objectives

  • Understand the psychological, linguistic and cultural basis of teaching bilingual students
  • Develop a multicultural perspective
  • Learn to effectively teach students for whom English is a Second Language
  • For those graduate candidates interested in an additional Bilingual Education Endorsement, students will learn research- based curricular and instructional strategies to teach bilingual students**
  • Students must complete documented work with ESL/Bilingual students for 100 hours in an educational setting
  • Must have a valid professional educator’s license

Areas of Study:

Course Title Hours
EDU 6610 Languages and Linguistics* 3
FPR 6300 Theoretical Foundations for Teachin Bilingual Students* 3
EDU 6620 Teaching English as a Second Language* 3
EDU 6630 Methods/Materials for Teaching Limited English-Proficient Students* 3
FPR 6350 Cross-Cultural Studies* 3
EDU 6027 Assessment of Bilingual Students* 3
EDU 6556 Seminar in Reflective Practice 3
EDU 6500 Curriculum Construction 3
FPR 6000 Ethics and Foundations in American Education 3
FPR 6640 Action Research 3
EDU 6635 Bilingual Only**
Methods & Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students
  Total Credit Hours: 33

Masters Capstone Experience:

Throughout the program, candidates will be required to reflect on their beliefs and practices as they relate to education. At the completion of the coursework, candidates for the Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction will be required to write a capstone paper demonstrating their understanding of content and theory, and their ability to apply content and theory to practice.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.

* These courses fulfill the State of Illinois requirement for ESL endorsement.

** This course taken in addition to the ESL Endorsement program and/or the MA in CIE fulfill Illinois requirements for the Bilingual Education Endorsement.