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School of Education


English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Only


To be eligible for the Illinois State Board of Education ESL approval, students must hold a Bachelor’s degree and an Illinois teaching license. Students without a middle grade endorsement on their certificate will need additional coursework. The approval qualifies teachers to work with ESL students for the grade range of their license endorsement. Students currently enrolled in a Loyola initial teacher licensure program may also apply to this program.

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.

State Requirements

Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois licensure endorsement are required to pass a State Criminal Background Check. In addition, all policies and procedures for receiving Illinois endorsement must be met.


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 those students who hold a teaching license, but are not currently teaching in a classroom with English learners, and want to meet the ISBE requirements to receive their ESL endorsement as a result of the program, additional clinical experience hours may be required outside of coursework.


School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 · SchlEduc@luc.edu

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