ESL or Bilingual Endorsement

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL concentration is designed to prepare graduates who are competent to work in school settings. Candidates will:

  • 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
  • Become a resource person for curriculum development

Program Requirements

  • Admission to the C&I with ESL program
  • Successful completion of C&I with ESL coursework 30 semester hours (33 hours for international students*)
  • Completion of 100 Clock Hours or 3 months teaching experience in ESL Programs with ESL students (per ISBE endorsement requirements)
  • Complete the Master’s Capstone Experience

Areas of Study

Required - 12 hours (Core Courses)

Course Title Hours
ESL-6556 Seminar in Reflective Practice 3
EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction 3
FPR-6000 Foundations of American Education 3
ESL-6640 Teacher as Researcher 3

Areas of Concentration

ESL Concentration - 18 hours (These courses fulfill the State of Illinois requirement for ESL endorsement)

Course Title Hours
ESL-6610 Languages & Linguistics 3
ESL-6300 Foundations of Bilingual and Bicultural Education 3
ESL-6620 Teaching English as a Second Language 3
ESL-6630 Methods, Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3
ESL-6027 Assessment of Language Minority Students 3
ESL-6350 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3
  Total Credit Hours: 30

Masters Capstone Experience:

The capstone experience for the MA in CIE is embedded in the final two courses of the program, Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice. Candidates will be required to develop and implement a research proposal as well as conduct research in the field of English as a second language. Successful completion of both courses fulfills the capstone requirement.

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

*International students pursuing a Master’s degree at Concordia University Chicago are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education in addition to the courses required for their degree program. The Seminar is a 3-credit course taken during the student’s first semester as an enrolled student. This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S. based higher education learning environment. Students will work to develop academic language, graduate level study skills and gain essential support with cultural & institutional acclimatization.