English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Endorsements

Application Deadline and Contacts

Priority DeadlineGeneral Deadline
February 15th
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Those applying for a part of specific cohort should comply with the deadlines announced by their school or district

Admission Requirements


Cohort Model: This program is following a cohort model. A cohort of students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their endorsement program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.

  • A Completed Application Form 
    You may submit your application form online.

    *Students currently enrolled in a program leading to teacher licensure need to complete the re-application form and submit it directly to the Coordinator of Student Academic Services, School of Education, 820 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. No other documents are required.
  • A Personal Statement
    Your statement should be 2 pages, and you should describe your:
    1. Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals
    2. Life experiences that have influenced your desire to expand your expertise for emergent bilingual learners. 
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record. Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. 

    In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.
  • Illinois Teaching License
    Proof of a Professional Educator License should be submitted. (Not required for students currently enrolled in a Loyola initial teacher preparation program.)
  • Resume
    A current resume that highlights experience relevant to your professional goals 
  • Citizenship Required for Licensure
    Persons seeking state licensure must be US citizens, permanent residents or have a resident alien card
  • International Students
    Additional requirements for International applicants including English Language and Transcript & Credentials can be found on our International Students page