Loyola’s School of Education is proud to offer multiple avenues to English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual endorsements in the state of Illinois, as well as states with reciprocity agreements. We recognize the imperative for all educators to have expertise to serve the large and growing number of emergent bilingual learners in schools.

The ESL endorsement is woven into initial teacher education programs at graduate and undergraduate levels – targeting and integrating understandings and practices to support students’ language development simultaneous to learning. Rather than require additional coursework, we designed our programs to include this pertinent preparation. Candidates can receive a bilingual endorsement by taking one additional course.

For educators already holding licenses and looking to add one or both endorsements, Loyola’s School of Education has graduate-level courses approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. We recommend first looking at our Master’s program in Language, Culture, and Curriculum, where practitioners can earn the endorsement (6 courses) while also working toward the larger degree (4 additional courses).

We offer the endorsement-only program for school or district cohorts with a minimum of 12 participants. This involves a 1-year course sequence that can be held on one of our Chicago area campuses, within your district, or online. If you are interested in starting a cohort for your school or district, please contact Dr. Amy Heineke at aheineke@luc.edu.



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.


  • CIEP 471: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Education
  • CIEP 472: Methods and Materials of Teaching ESL
  • CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
  • CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum
  • TLSC 410: Language, Culture, and Pedagogy in Bilingual Classrooms (bilingual only)



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.

Course Sequences

The ESL Endorsement program comprises one year of coursework (fall, spring, summer; 18 total hours) that is completed in a specific sequence (subject to change).

Cohort Sequence
Semester 1 CIEP 471: Foundations of ESL/Bilingual Education
CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Teaching Children & Adolescents 
Semester 2 CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students 
CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual 
Semester 3 CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum 
CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers

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. 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.


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.


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The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.

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    Phone: 312.915.7099
    E-mail: hbohano@luc.edu

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