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School of Education


English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Only


To be eligible for the ESL endorsement, students must hold a Bachelor’s degree and an Illinois teaching license.  The endorsement is for the grade range of the  license with the exception of the middle grades.  Adding the middle grade ESL endorsement may require additional course work if the middle grade endorsement is not currently on the license.

Program Requirements   

The State of Illinois ESL Endorsement requires 18 semester hours (6 courses). Endorsement only program course requirements may be modified only by departmentally approved equivalents. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken at Loyola.

Continuous Enrollment

Students in endorsement only programs are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing – Continuous Enrollment)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.


If approved by the program advisor, one of the following courses may replace CIEP 506 - ELL Practicum:

Clinical Experiences

Students will complete clinical experiences integrated within individual courses. For students who are not currently teaching in a classroom with English learners, additional clinical hours may be required outside of coursework to meet ISBE requirements for the ESL endorsement.


School of Education
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